This tiny baby koala was orphaned when its mother was hit by a car in New South Wales. The little ball of fur was found unconscious and badly bruised near his mother’s body. Weighing just 750grams, hopes for his recovery were slim.
He was taken to a dedicated ‘koala hospital’ north of Sydney, the only one of its kind in the world. Described as a refugee camp for the koalas injured in car accidents as their natural habitat is invaded by new road networks, it rehabilitates the cute marsupials with the aim of eventually returning them to the wild.
Under the devoted care of hospital staff, Jimmy made a surprisingly speedy recovery. As soon as he was feeling up to it, carers began to socialise him with other koalas at the hospital – and that was when his mischievous streak emerged.Staff at the centre began to photograph Jimmy in the odd positions they found him in, exploring the seating areas and playing in the sink among other unusual activities.
Jimmy has since been deemed healthy enough for return to the wild, and staff at the koala hospital are sure that he will be the alpha male of his new territory. “He was a little devil actually,” joked one of the carers.