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/