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Two koala joeys cling to each other, waiting to be placed with human caregivers. Once they’re old enough, they’ll be released into the wild.

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A southern koala on display at Healesville Sanctuary near in Healesville, Victoria, Australia

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A veterinarian checks the conjunctivitis in a sick koala at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

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A baby southern Koala is petted while still on its mother in an effort to habituate it to human handlers at the Melbourne Zoo.

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A nurse treats an animal with cystitis at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

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The Giant Koala at Dadswells Bridge, Australia, is the largest koala on the planet at 14 meters (46 feet) tall.

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

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A woman soothes Whistler, a koala who was blinded by an allergic reaction to an anesthetic.

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Koalas recuperate at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

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An anesthetized koala is carried back from the X-Ray room.

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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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A koala with a walking disability is evaluated on the move by zoo veterinarians.

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A hand-raised koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) at Dreamworld.

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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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The paw of a sick koala rests against the hand of a woman at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

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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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An injured koala at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

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Koalas recuperate at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

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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 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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Augustine, a mother koala with her young ones Gus and Rupert (one is adopted and one is her own offspring) at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

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Harley the federally threatened koala recovers from two broken legs at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital in Queensland. He was hit by a car, which is a common occurrence with koalas and fatal for many.

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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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The Giant Koala at Dadswells Bridge, Australia, is the largest koala on the planet at 14 meters (46 feet) tall.

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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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The Sunshine Coast Koala Rescue team pulls a female koala with conjunctivitis out of a tree in Kilcoy, Australia. She’ll be treated and released to a safe area once she’s healed.

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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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