THREE koalas that have spent the past month recovering at the Port Macquarie koala hospital returned to the region this week and the journey home.
The three koalas – two from the Spring Ridge area and one from near Gunnedah – were brought to WIRES carers last month suffering from chlamydia, a condition that can cause blindness, infertility and ultimately death.
Jae Price, WIRES central northern chairperson, said the infection meant the koalas couldn’t see properly which affected their ability to find food.
“They would have just got weaker and weaker and would have eventually died,” she said.
The sick koalas were taken to Walcha by Ms Price where they were picked up in the koala hospital bus and taken to Port Macquarie for treatment. On Wednesday they made the trip back – in full health – and were returned to their home territories.
As the temperature rises, Ms Price said people could take some simple steps to help our native wildlife cope with the heat.
“Just putting out bowls of water in the shade for wildlife can make a huge difference,” she said.