This young male koala was observed by a member of the public walking in circles and was brought into Friends of the Koala in Lismore for assessment. He was called Cangleska Wakan which means sacred circle but staff call him CW for short.
On examination Evans Heads CW was found to have a ruptured left eye and minor limb injuries - consistent with being hit by a car. The left eye was removed and he was placed into care and was treated for his injuries. CW responded well to treatment but due to the initial head trauma, he continued to have a head tilt, showed minor disorientation and a slightly unstable gait.
Whilst in care CW developed a case of urogenital chlamydiosis which also had to be treated. Even though Evans Head CW has responded well to all treatment, it would appear that he has likely suffered a permanent minor brain injury which will prevent him surviving in the wild.
Evans Head CW was transferred to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital to become part of the hospital’s team of permanent koalas and he has settled in well. As CW’s minor disabilities are more than likely caused by a physical trauma, then all being well, CW will also be part of the hospital’s breeding programme.