Koala lover left ‘haunted’ by gruesome find
A PASSIONATE wildlife carer has been left “haunted” after he attended a call to rescue a mother koala and her baby found dead on the side of the road.
Wildcare’s Bernard Jean responded to the report around midday on August 3 near Noosa’s RACV resort where he found the mother still cuddling her baby.
“I was very stressed about it, it was haunting,” Mr Jean said.
“A member of the public had found a mum and bub on the side of the road … he thought the mum was dead but the baby might be alive.
“I saw the poor little thing, what touched me the most was the mum was protecting her little girl.”
Mr Jean, who runs the Noosa Koala Sightings Facebook page and is a member of Queensland Koala Crusaders, said he hoped the joey might have survived and was devastated to discover that wasn’t the case.
“I put the joey back in her mother’s arm so they could be together,” he said.
Mr Jean said both females were healthy with no signs of the deadly chlamydia disease.
He also said their deaths were a blow to the local koala population.
“Female koalas can have up to five joeys in their life, so we haven’t just lost two koalas but that’s up to 10 already gone,” he said.
The cause of the koala’s deaths is unknown, but it is likely they were hit by a car.
“We have been asking for years and years to have more lighting in that area,” Mr Jean said.
“There is a black spot near RACV.”
Mr Jean said the group planned to meet with Noosa Council on Monday to work towards a solution.
“We need publicity around this, people need to be aware of this,” he said.
“Australia has the most loss of wildlife species out of any other country.”
Noosa locals have also responded to Mr Jean’s Facebook post on this recent tragedy calling for more to be done to save the vulnerable species.
“The response has been incredible,” Mr Jean said.