A JOEY is on the mend, three months after being stomped on by a cow while being carried by his mother, at a paddock in Lismore.
But the Gold Coast wildlife hospital which treated 'Fraser' say its resources are over-stretched trying to keep up with a rise in casualties.
Currumbin Wildlife Hospital has treated more than 9,000 animals this year; 1,000 more than last year.
There's been a 30% increase in the number of koalas treated, with about a third of those from the Northern Rivers.
Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Senior veterinarian Michael Pyne said Fraser only survived a fatal cow attack on his mother, after treatment.
The young joey was being carried by his mother when a cow attacked the pair, leaving the mother dead.
"Cows have a thing about koalas, it's a bit hard to know why," Dr Pyne said.
"It's not unusual for koalas to be stomped on by cows, it's almost like they seek them out.
"Mum was literally stomped to death and the little joey had a broken arm and broken leg.
"Three months on, he has a chest infection and some gut problems, as koalas have very sensitive intestines and he was pretty messed up."
Dr Pyne said the increase in the number of koalas admitted to the Currumbin Wild Life Sanctuary has been caused by increased urbanisation.
"Around 90% of all animals have come to the hospital as a result of humans, whether that's being hit by a car or being attacked by domestic pets," he said.
Dr Pyne said motorists could avoid hitting a koala by paying close attention to the road in the early evening, when koalas are most likely to be moving around.
Dr Pyne urged readers to donate to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital by purchasing a Walkways for Wildlife engraved paver.
At a cost of $90, the pavers for a walkway been built at the hospital and each contain a personalised message from its donor.
"It can cost us up to thousands to save a life, but the average is about $90, so with this donation, you'll be saving a life and leaving your personalised message at the hospital forever," Dr Pyne said.
DONATE AT: http://cwhf.org.au/
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