I am currently staying with James and Kylee at Dutch Thunder Wildlife Shelter in Koonoomoo (Northern Victoria). On Sunday, January 20th, we got a call out for a koala sitting in the river. We quickly grabbed some equipment and jumped in the car.
When we got there we could hardly see this koala. It was very lucky that a farmer had seen her and made the important call that helped get her out.
I still can't believe that I was a part of this rescue and I am so thankful that Kylee asked my mum to film this for her and that it went so smoothly.
In the video you can see the green laundry basket that we used to put the koala in. I was so happy that Kylee used this basket. Thank you to Home Leisure in Mulgrave, Victoria who donated 20 of these baskets to my cause. Rescuers use these for all kinds of rescues or transporting of wildlife. We all think they are just for laundry but they are valuable pieces of equipment for wildlife rescuers- not just to hold the loads and loads of pouches and blankets that they wash each day. I donated 16 of these to Dutch Thunder to use for rescues.
Unfortunately this koala didn't survive. We bought her into care. Checked her for Sarcoptic Mange (which fortunately she didn't have) and Kylee gave her a check over, some fluids and left her in a quiet enclosure with some leaf. She didn't touch her leaf at all and I found her the following day on one of my many "koala rounds" deceased. She didn't die in a river which I am thankful for. I just wish we could have done more for her.
But a HUGE thank you to the man that noticed her and called her in. This phone call helped this koala spend her final hours being loved and cared for.
My name is Libby and I am 13 years old. I am a Koala Crusader- raising money and awareness for our VULNERABLE koala's and spreading messages about our wildlife that we are lucky enough to live WITH. These are stories written by ME!