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A three-year-old female koala is relocated from a suburban area to a local park.

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Young koalas recuperate from disease and traumatic injury in ‘The Rainforest’, an enclosed space for recovering koalas at the wildlife hospital.

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Young koalas recuperate from disease and traumatic injury in ‘The Rainforest’, an enclosed space for recovering koalas at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

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Veterinarian Robyn Stenner with a koala that was severly injured by a domestic dog. They worked on this animal for five hours and it died on the table. “I sure wish I could have saved you, sweetie,’ Robyn said.

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A koala named ‘Poseidon’, recovers at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital from a dog attack.

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Deidre de Villiers and her sister Michele are raising two orphaned koalas at their home in Queensland.

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A koala inside the ‘rainforest’, a fenced habitat at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital where koalas learn to forage on their own.

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A koala inside the ‘rainforest’, a fenced habitat at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital where koalas learn to forage on their own.

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A rescue volunteer pulls a sick koala down out of a tree and into a transport blanket.

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A rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus) from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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A rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus) from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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A rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus) from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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Aerial shots of construction equipment in Brisbane, Queensland.

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A koala inside the ‘rainforest’, a fenced habitat at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital where koalas learn to forage on their own.

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These koalas were all killed in the space of a single week by cars or dogs. From July to December, koalas descend to the ground in search of mates and new food sources. Many of them are hit by cars and attacked, prompting those who work with koalas to dub it “trauma season.”

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Dr. Amber Gillett waits with Stozzy, a young female koala recovering from surgery, at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. Stozzy had been hit by a car, a common injury among koalas.

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Harley the koala gets his cast trimmed by Vicky Toomey at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. Harley was hit by a car, and his caretakers say he’s lucky to be alive.

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Deidre de Villiers and her sister Michele are raising two orphaned koalas at their home in Queensland.

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Aerials of the North Lakes suburb north of Brisbane, where remaining habitat gets less every month due to development. The few trees left hold koalas for a while, but doom them the moment they move across roads, yards and parking lots.

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A three-year-old female koala is trapped in a tree in a the front yard of a house in Petrie, Queensland.

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Sam and her partner Craig Coupland hand raise four orphaned koala babies in Ormiston, Australia. The couple has been working with orphans for five years. Young koalas take more work and care than human babies, but Longman says the animals are part of the family.

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Dave Wistrom tries on a koala suit in his home Morayfield, Queensland. Wistrom is a volunteer with the Moreton Bay Koala Rescue group and wears the suit at educational and fundraising events.

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Anika Lehmann brushes her teeth as Talisa, a baby koala, looks on. Lehmann and her husband Henk are part of a network of people who foster orphaned young koalas in Queensland.

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Megan Aitken of the Moreton Bay Koala Rescue Team uses a blanket to secure a young male koala who had been hit by a car. Hundreds of koalas are killed on roads each year. Aitken says that without protection, koalas will be extinct in the area within five years.

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Mangled terribly after being attacked by a dog, Bruzer the koala slowly makes a comeback at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

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A male koala awaits a checkup and relocation to another locale. His current residence in Joyner, Australia, is a busy neighborhood, increasing the likelihood that he’ll be hit by a car.

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Four hours of surgery wasn’t enough to save this female koala, whose abdomen was crushed by dogs. Robyn Stenner, a surgeon at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, says that the injury is common, “But it always breaks your heart.”

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