He feels safest when staying with his mom. He also wants to give his mom comfort.Phantom the baby koala in this story does the same. The 6-month-old joey refuses to leave his mom for a second during her life-saving surgery. He wrapped his little arms around his unconscious mom’s neck.
Phantom and his mom, Lizzie were transferred to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital after they had been hit by a car on the Warrego Highway near Coominya. While the baby joey was fine and unharmed, his mom was badly injured. She had a collapsed lung, which meant she needed emergency surgery to save her life.Little Phantom kept clinging to his mom along the way, a strong sign that he didn’t want to be separated from her. The hospital staff then let him stay with his mom during the procedure. They believed that their decision was right. If they split the joey and his mom, they could easily traumatize them and make them anxious.
The hospital staff captured all these emotional moments. When they shared these images on their social accounts, they went viral. They were heartwarming and heartbreaking. Thankfully, the baby koala and his mom were safe.Regarding the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, it was founded by crocodile hunter Steve Irwin and his wife Terri in March 2004. The hospital opens in honor of Steve’s late mother and a wildlife care pioneer, Lyn Irwin. Each year, the hospital provides treatments for between 9,000 and 10,000 animals.