Wildlife Wednesday: Zammit the Koala

Zammit the Koala is set to undergo surgery at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital after it was discovered he had a bone tumour.

The wild male koala was brought in to the hospital as he had a chlamydia infection in his eyes, but a thorough check-up soon uncovered that he also had a tumour in his collarbone.

Dr Michael Pyne told myGC Zammit is very lucky that the tumour was found early. “Bone tumours are surprisingly quite common in koalas, but often we don’t see it until it is very advanced and there is very little we can do at that point,” he said. “Zammit’s tumour is affecting a bone that we can easily remove, so it won’t affect how he climbs.”


Dr Pyne told myGC they are expecting Zammit’s recovery to take more than 4 months. “Zammit has a long, long road to recovery. He is going to need a lot of time to heal and get some strength back,” he said.

See Zammit getting prepped before his big surgery in the video below:

For more information on the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, visit: cwhf.org.au/


Carla is a full time journalist, presenter and announcer for 102.9 Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au, joining the team towards the end of 2011. When she is isn’t busy presenting all of myGC’s videos, bringing you the latest news or chatting live on air, Carla will often be found scoping out the hottest local events. Carla holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Bond University, where she graduated with number of First in Class and Dean’s List of Academic Excellence awards. Carla is also a well-regarded MC, singer and actor. Some of her credits include hosting the Australia’s Next Top Model Queensland Auditions for Foxtel, guest starring on Toybox for Channel Seven, and performing as Mrs Banks in The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s production of Mary Poppins.

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