Report sick or injured koalas to:
Give precise location of the koala and a contact number when calling the rescue service.
If the koala is injured on the road:
- Try to move the koala off the road as quickly as possible remembering to put your own safety first. It is a good idea to keep an old blanket and a cardboard box in the boot of your car along with the 24 hour wildlife ambulance number which is (07) 3833 4031 or 1300ANIMAL.
- Once the koala is contained, do not attempt to handle it further as it may suddenly recover and may inflict serious injuries. Note: Even young koalas can bite or scratch. Allow the koala to calm down by keeping people, pets and noise well away from it. Injured animals need rest in a dark, warm, quiet spot.
If the koala is dead:
- Check if the koala is a female with a baby in her pouch, as the baby can often be saved.
- A baby is best left in the pouch. If the baby is outside the pouch it should be wrapped up for warmth whilst awaiting the rescue service.
- If it is certain there is no baby present, leave the koala at roadside in a visible place (with a ribbon or similar attached to indicate it has been checked) and report next day.
This allows motorists to become aware of koala black spots and may help to save other koalas from the same fate.