Bobby is a healthy young male koala who was transferred to us from Lismore Friends of the Koala after being seen for treatment at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.
He initially presented into care after having been attacked by a dog. The dog had bitten his lumbar spine and consequently he had lost feeling and movement in his right hindlimb. His injuries were quite serious and he was unable to balance or climb.
The wound site was imaged using x-rays and it was determined that he did not have any broken or dislocated bones so most likely he had sustained some nerve damage during the attack. After a course of antibiotics for the bite wound he had regained some feeling in his leg but was still not using it to capacity. The fact that feeling had been recovered indicated it may be possible to rehabilitate the leg.
Over the following months Bobby received massage, acupuncture, laser therapy and physiotherapy with Friends of the Koala to help strengthen his hind leg and encourage him to use it again. After this dedicated and lengthy treatment period Bobby’s bite wound healed and he is now able to use his injured hind leg to some degree.