End of the line for Noosa koalas as rescuer despairs
DEVASTATED wildlife rescuer Ray Chambers fears that the loss of a charismatic five-year-old Commer may be the end of the line for koalas in Noosa National Park.
Commer was a sick male koala retrieved by the Sunshine Coast Koala Wildlife Rescue last month who was being cared for by Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
The SCWR Facebook page posted back on April 26, Commer's fight for life: "Our beautiful boy, who we rescued a few weeks ago in the Noosa National Park. The little battler is facing a lot of health complications but is still stable in ICU. Keep fighting little soldier."
But last week came the tragic update: "Very sad news about our boy Commer, rescued from the Noosa National Park a few weeks ago. He's been in ICU fighting a lot of health problems and unfortunately was only getting worse.
"The vets made the very hard decision to euthanise him yesterday, as this was the most humane thing to do.
"Commer could very well have been the last koala in the Noosa National Park, as he was the last known koala to our group."
On Tuesday Mr Chambers said after surgery at the hospital, Commer, who had been battling cystitis, could not fight off an infection that had spread through his body.
"He was only five years old, so he wasn't that old," Mr Chambers said.
"He was such a character and an awesome-looking boy.
"It cut me a bit - everyone in our whole group, actually ... we haven't had much success with Noosa koalas being rehomed."
One of a string of tragic losses in recent years was Prince Valiant, who was relocated from the Noosa park area to Noosa Springs and then Tinbeerwah.
"We had Prince Valiant - he went back, and then went back again. Then we lost him," he said.
"Prince Valiant got a
translocation permit and he was taken out a bit. Then we got the call for him again and he was totally emaciated.
"PV was (once) a really healthy male and a beautiful boy. He would have been a park koala too - he was first hit outside the park."
Mr Chambers said a female koala, Oceana, was "lost" last year.
"She was a park koala. She lived in the park the whole time. She was an old girl, but that was another life. We're virtually down to the end of it now (in Noosa National Park).
"We do know there was a male who lived in the park who was tagged. We haven't heard or seen of him for a couple of years, so we don't know what's happened to him."
Mr Chambers said he and brother Murray were keeping an eye on Harper, a 12-year-old koala who lives near the Noosa Heads Surf Club.
The rescue service runs 24 hours a day - phone 0423 618 740 (Ray) or 0431 300 729 (Murray).