Dodger was released back into the wild by WIRES volunteers and vets.
Dodger was released back into the wild by WIRES volunteers and vets. Bruce Thomas

Dodger who didn't is back in the wild

DODGER the koala has successfully been released into the Boambee Valley.

Dodger, who was hit by a car near the Coffs Harbour Health Campus on November 23 last year, was released on Wednesday.

The koala received surgery to his badly fractured back leg, has now fully healed.

“The release went fantastically,” Dr Stephen Diest from Pacific Vetcare said.

“He bolted straight up the tree as if he had no fractures.”

Dr Diest said that Pacific Vetcare regularly get injured koalas brought into their clinic, although not all of them make it.

“With our new ultrasound machine, we are able to better assess internal damage and make better informed decisions about treatment of the koalas,” he said. “The financial assistance from Coffs Harbour City Council allowed us to use the ultrasound machine on Dodger, and decide he was good candidate for surgery as he hadn't sustained any further critical damage, increasing his chances for a full recovery.”

After surgery, WIRES volunteers cared for Dodger.

If you see any wildlife that is injured please contact WIRES on 6652 7119.



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