Tinana koala Kingsley has been released back to his home environment by Murray Chambers of Sunshine Coast Koala Wildlife Rescue Service.
Tinana koala Kingsley has been released back to his home environment by Murray Chambers of Sunshine Coast Koala Wildlife Rescue Service. Valerie Horton

Koala nursed back to health and returned to Tinana

AFTER being nursed back to health by the animal experts at Australia Zoo, Kingsley the koala has been returned to his favourite scribbly bark at Tinana.

Resident Margot Darlow spotted five-year-old Kingsley in her tree three weeks ago, suffering the symptoms of potentially deadly chlamydia.

She called Maryborough koala conservationist Natalie Richardson, who confirmed the koala was suffering cystitis, an early form of chlamydia.

Within hours volunteers from the Sunshine Coast Koala Wildlife Rescue were transporting Kingsley to Australia Zoo.

"Usually it's a minimum of six weeks of antibiotics for cystitis, but because he was only in the very early stages his recovery only took three weeks," Ms Richardson said.

On Monday, Ms Darlow was thrilled to see Kingsley returned, fighting-fit, back to his favourite haunt.

He is one of hundreds that have been saved over the years thanks to the hard work of volunteers such as Ms Richardson.

But they say many more lives could be saved if more residents were like Ms Darlow and knew the signs of a sick koala.

"We will be holding a workshop at the Urangan Community Centre on June 23," Ms Richardson said.

"There will be heaps of information about the Fraser Coast's koalas."

Killer chlamydia

  • Causes chronic infections in the urogenital and respiratory tracts
  • Visible symptoms are conjunctivitis and urinary tract infections
  • Koalas are unable to fight chlamydia when stressed
  • Koalas are becoming increasingly stressed due to habitat loss, dogs, road trauma


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