Koala named Venus – who was left completely blind by chlamydia – and her young joey are saved moments before walking into oncoming traffic
- Disorientated marsupial was spotted on road in the town of Woodenbong, NSW
- Venus was completely blind from chlamydia and had significant injury to one eye
- Koala populations have declined in NSW by about 26 per cent in last 20 years
A blind koala and her young joey have been saved by kind-hearted motorists.
The disorientated marsupial was spotted on the side of the road in the town of Woodenbong, in northern New South Wales, on May 28.
Passers-by called emergency rescue teams and stopped the mother and her joey from walking into oncoming traffic until they arrived.
A blind koala and her joey have been rescued in northern NSW
The koala was found disoriented on the side of the road in Woodenbong
The mother, Venus, was completely blind from chlamydia and had significant trauma to one eye
The mother, named Venus, was completely blind from chlamydia and had significant injury to one eye.
But Venus was still caring for her Joey, named Cupid.
‘Without her sight, Venus was incredibly disorientated and vulnerable on the ground,’ Superintendent vet Jackie Reed said.
Venus still made sure to take care of her joey, Cupid
Venus and Cupid have been nursed to health and were lucky to be rescued before it was too late
‘If we hadn’t rescued her, she would have died from either a dog attack, car hit or eventual starvation.
‘We are so thankful to the member of the public, who knew to call our rescue hotline.’
Koala populations have declined in NSW by about 26 per cent in the last 20 years.
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