Shelly Beach Road Trish
New Joey available for Adoption
Shelly Beach Road Trish is a young female joey who was found in February 2023 after a microburst storm hit Port Macquarie.
She was observed climbing with what seemed to be a paralysed forearm. Koala Conservation Australia’s (KCA) team rescued her and brought her back to the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie.
Trish was not moving her right front arm at all but had no visible wounds. X-rays were taken and showed that one of the bones in her front-arm was broken at the junction with the elbow joint and was moderately displaced. This injury healed well, but unfortunately, the fall also caused nerve damage to her shoulder. As a result, Trish has very restricted movement in the injured limb. She can use it to brace herself, but she is unable to lift it and use it to climb, which makes her unable to climb tree trunks.
Luckily, this little koala is comfortable with no remaining pain from her injury. She has developed amazing jumping skills to compensate for her inability to use her forearm, and she can climb up and down gunyah furniture like a real champ!
Trish spent nearly four months in home care. On admission she weighed 1.4kg and was still dependent on milk. She is now weaned, and loves her eucalyptus leaves, and has been transferred to KCA’s Koala Hospital.
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