Blind koala and adorable baby rescued from death on the side of road in Australia2021|00:59
This blind koala and her baby were rescued and nursed back to health after they were found wandering on the side of the road.Passers-by spotted mother and baby disoriented in the village of Woodenbong in New South Wales, Australia and called for rescuers before it was too late.The mother, named Venus, was completely blind from chlamydia and had significant trauma in one eye, but was still caring for her five-month-old joey, Cupid.Heart-breaking photos show the mother koala's painful eyes swollen and covered in fluid, with her tiny baby nuzzling into her arms.The pair were taken to the Friends of the Koala hospital in East Lismore for treatment after they were picked up on May 28.After some routine health checks, Venus was found to be a senior citizen at 12 years old.The more severely damaged eye sadly may have to be removed after the swelling reduces.But, despite her health problems, she had raised a healthy baby in Cupid who was only slightly underweight for his age.The vets, sponsored by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), supplement fed the joey to aid his growth and recovery.Mum Venus was given some leaves to enable her to maintain her milk supply and the conjunctivitis in her eyes was treated, which reduced some of the swelling.Superintendent vet Jackie Reed said: "Without her sight, Venus was incredibly disorientated and vulnerable on the ground."If we hadn't rescued her, she would have died from either a dog attack, car hit or eventual starvation."We are so thankful to the member of the public, who knew to call our rescue hotline."IFAW animal rescue programme officer Nicole Rojas-Marin said: "Finding an adult koala of that age in the wild that is blind and carrying a pouch joey really is incredible,"It's so important that injured or sick koalas get immediate treatment which is why our support of the vet team and our partnership with Friends of the Koala is critical." It is not yet known when the two will be released back into the wild.