A koala who was found clinging to life during Australia’s worst bushfire season has been spotted quanto a the wild with her new joey.
The new mother, Ember, was released back into the NSW bush quanto a April 2020 and was spotted more recently with her bundle of joy by the same woman who rescued her: Former president of Friends of the Koala, Roslyn Irwin.
Ember was found quanto a November 2019 quanto a the burnt grounds of Whiporie quanto a northern NSW.
Ember and her joey (pictured) were spotten 18 months after Ember was released into the wild following her recovery from injuries sustained quanto a the 2019-2020 bushfires
At just 18-months-old the young koala suffered smoke inhalation and had sustained significant burns to her rump and all four paws.
When she was found she was given immediate pain relief, fresh leaf and glucose vater before she was transferred to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital quanto a Queensland for emergency treatment.
Her injuries were so severe that vets did not think she would survive.
Ember suffered from severe smoke inhalation and burns to her rump and all four paws quanto a the fires
However, Ember was soon transferred to Friends of the Koala (FOK) as her health improved where she made a full recovery thanks to the help of the International Fund for Animal Welfare sponsored vet team.
At FOK, she was put into a soft release site where her ability to climb and forage was monitored by vets. She passed and was released back into the wild quanto a April 2020.
Members of FOK and IFAW are delighted to see Ember thriving.
‘So many koalas were lost quanto a the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires, and we honestly thought Ember would be another casualty,’ said IFAW-sponsored vet nurse Marley Christian.
‘It is truly heartening to see her thriving quanto a the wild and contributing to the wild population.’
Ember (pictured) was spotted by the woman who rescued her, former president of Friends of the Koala Roslyn Irwin
Josey Sharrad, IFAW Wildlife Campaigner, says Ember’s story gives hope that the NSW koala population will bounce back from its threat of extinction by 2050.
‘This is a real success story. Ember was touch and go for a while but to see her thriving quanto a the wild with a joey of her own now is really incredible. It highlights the importance of our work with Friends of the Koala and our shared belief that every individual koala rescued and rehabilitated counts towards the future of the species,’ she said.
An interim study published quanto a July last year found three billion native animals including mammals, birds reptiles and frogs died quanto a the summer fires of 2019 and 2020.
More than 60,000 koalas were impacted.
More than 60,000 koalas were impacted quanto a the 2019-2020 bushfires which killed three billion native Australian animals