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07/02/2011

The Daily Beast - July 2, 2011

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Volunteer wildlife carer, Kirsa Veal, with 'Tiny Teddy' the 5-month-old baby Koala who is being hand raised at the Kolora Wildlife Shelter in Victoria after it was found in its dead mother's pouch on the Princess Highway.
Teddy the 5-month-old baby Koala who is being hand raised at the Kolora Wildlife Shelter in Victoria, Australia - 07 Jun 2011


Baby koala Tiny Teddy is in the fight of his little life. Orphaned when his mother was killed by a car, he desperately needs a substitute mum - dead or alive. Wildlife carer Kirsa Veal said Teddy has almost no hope unless she can extract a gut compound from another koala that is vital to feed the little marsupial if he is to survive. The flora in the gut of an adult koala will protect his stomach against the toxins in eucalyptus leaves he will eat later. Ms Veal collected some from Teddy's dead mother, but needs more as he struggles to gain weight and avoid infection.   Newspix / Rex Features

 

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