Shayne is a 9-month-old Koala bear whose mother was hit and killed by a car.  Rescuers found the little Koala terrified 65 feet from the fatal accident after he had been thrown from his mother’s back.  Fortunately, Shayne was taken to the Australian Zoo.  He would not have survived fending for himself, he was already being stalked by overhead birds.

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Dr. Rosie Booth, the wildlife hospital director, added:  “He wouldn’t have lasted even a day in the wild by himself at his young age,” and it was “very fortunate that we had an observant rescuer who found Shayne and brought him into us.”

The hospital gave Shayne a stuffed Koala and he immediately began cuddling with it.  No doubt the little bear was using it as a replacement for his mom.  A hospital caregiver feeds Shayne and is helping him socialize with other Koalas.  The goal is to release him back into the wild once he learns to climb and forage for himself.

The hospital shared some photos and a video of Shayne in hopes that they could raise awareness for the treatment of Koalas admitted to their facility for emergency treatment.  Sometimes there are up to 80 bears admitted each month.  They also hope the publicity will cause motorists to use extra care when driving, especially at night.