In late 2012 a healthy female koala and her joey were both hit by a car in Port Macquarie. Sadly the mother did not survive the impact and motorists at the scene found a tiny joey sitting in the gutter on the side of the road crying for her mother.
The young joey who was just over one kilo in weight was named Ocean Summer and was taken into one of the hospital staff’s private home to be cared for round the clock.
Ocean Summer was highly traumatised by the event and took quite some time to settle down. Eventually she accepted the human contact and began to grow. The “foster mother” noticed that Summer was not responding very well to stimuli and it wasn’t long before we realised that Summer could not see.
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