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Fears 'Frodo' the koala may die

Frodo still has pellets in the stomach. Condemnation from the Queensland government is rather shallow when biodiversity in southeast Queensland is under pressure from habitat loss primarily due to increased urbanisation, driven by population growth, a fact stated in the State Government’s State of the Region (SEQ) report.
State planning is currently based upon the fool’s dream of endless growth. Human population growth brings disfunction, social dis-ease, lack of connection to our land and indigenous species, and increased crime. Her veterinarian carers confirm they cannot remove all the pellets from her tiny body.

Shallow sympathy belies institutional callousness in Queensland

Frodo still has pellets in the stomach. Condemnation from the Queensland government is rather shallow when biodiversity in southeast Queensland is under pressure from habitat loss primarily due to increased urbanisation, driven by population growth, a fact stated in the State Government’s State of the Region (SEQ) report.

State planning is currently based upon the fool’s dream of endless growth. Human population growth brings disfunction, social dis-ease, lack of connection to our land and indigenous species, and increased crime. Her veterinarian carers confirm they cannot remove all the pellets from her tiny body.

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The Ipswich Koala Protection Society (IKPS) rescues about 150 orphaned, sick or injured koalas every year – most of which are not victims of deliberate cruelty, but of land clearing for residential development.

Suburbs that once had healthy koalas have been developed and depleted. The koalas are going.

60 per cent of females rescued by the IKPS were sterile because of cysts on the ovaries – thought to have been caused by chlamydia. This is caused by stress, due to human impacts.

Frodo is getting a lot of attention, but little if any coverage has been given to the number of koalas killed or injured as a result of habitat loss.

It is normal for koalas to roam, however they rarely stray more than a few kilometres from home and, if relocated, will often die trying to make their way back.

Despite urging by conservation groups since around 1992, Australia's federal government has refused to list the koala as vulnerable.

If you are serious about saving the koalas and protecting their habitat, and have complained already in writing to the Queensland Government and to the Australian Government, yet neither are not prepared to do anything to save them, then go international.

Notify UNESCO and start learning about Australia's international obligations and letting those at UNESCO know what is going on.

I suggest you first read '2010 Year of Biodiversity Tries to Rein in Runaway Extinctions', read up on the IUCN on Koalas, which UNESCO is responsible for, then formally notify the plight of these koalas to UNESCO, attaching your correspondence to the QLD and AUST governments, and send it to:

Mrs Irina BOKOVA
UNESCO Director General
7, place de Fontenoy 75352
Paris 07 SP France

Let us know how you go. Good luck!

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Tigerquoll
Suggan Buggan
Snowy River Region
Victoria 3885
Australia

Lead toxicity from some of the pellets remaining in her intestinal tract will still be monitored.

"The pellets in her stomach and intestines seem to be moving around but have not been expelled, and may never be. I will continue to monitor the lead levels in her blood but so far she does not appear to be affected by lead toxicity," veterinarian Dr Amber Gillett said.

Frodo's overall health is very good and staff at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital can see a positive future for her. Frodo has maintained her feisty attitude, active nature and appetite, continuing to move around well in her outdoor enclosure which she shares with other koala joeys.

"Frodo has started growing fur back over her wounds and has a healthy appetite which is brilliant to see considering her condition a month ago. At this stage no further surgery will be scheduled. Frodo will have another thorough check up just after Christmas to reassess her lead levels," Dr Amber continued.

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How amazing that Frodo has survived let alone is thriving! I wonder if it's all the good thoughts being sent her way by people all around Australia and perhaps even the world?

I wonder if Australia Zoo is working with alternative type supplements that pull heavy metals out of the body? It would be worth them trying something like this otherwise it's just a matter of time before Frodo succumbs to the inevitable lead poisoning.

Then again if she is ever released it won't be possible to administer such supplements anyway ....

I can't help but wonder why one of the big organisations didn't offer a big reward to find the culprit? There have been 13 attacks on Koalas on the east coast of Australia all year. When will it stop?

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