NEW ARRIVAL: Cooberrie Park are celebrating the arrival of a new Koala joey 'Kudos'.
NEW ARRIVAL: Cooberrie Park are celebrating the arrival of a new Koala joey 'Kudos'.

Cuteness overload: Cooberrie Park welcomes new arrival

THE pitter patter of little paws at Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary will be a delightful ray of sunshine for those suffering the COVID-19 blues.

A newborn koala was welcomed to the world earlier this month while the wildlife sanctuary, situated near Yeppoon, was in coronavirus lockdown.

First-time mother named 'Calypso' gave the first glimpse of the joey's arm on May 8 and only this week allowed the young one out of her pouch to enjoy its first taste of freedom.

 

NEW ARRIVAL: Cooberrie Park are celebrating the arrival of a new Koala joey 'Kudos'.
NEW ARRIVAL: Cooberrie Park are celebrating the arrival of a new Koala joey 'Kudos'.

Cooberrie Park ranger Kieron Smedley said they weren't quite sure if it was a boy or a girl, but they settled on the name 'Kudos' for the joey.

"After November's bushfires and the pressure of having the park shut down as a result of the coronavirus, this is the silver lining we were looking for," Mr Smedley said.

"Australia's wild koala population really took a hit during the bushfire crisis that saw the species suffer its biggest wipe-out in modern times, so it's important our captive breeding programs are maintained."

 

Check out our Koala Joey having its first glimpse of the outside world! ❤️🐨❤️ To all our loyal and loving Cooberrie...

Posted by Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary on Tuesday, 19 May 2020

 

Cooberrie Park has demonstrated a successful breeding program from its Yeppoon wildlife sanctuary that has helped ensure Australia's koala bloodlines are kept strong and healthy through a genetic swap program with other states.

The park is awaiting the state's coronavirus restrictions to be lifted and hopes to re-open by the September school holidays where Kudos will be on display in the koala nursery.

You can sponsor or donate to the sanctuary's not-for-profit wildlife rehabilitation centre - www.cooberriepark.com.au/adopt-an-animal.

Keep an eye on the sanctuary's Facebook page for an announcement on when it will reopen: www.facebook.com/cooberriepark/


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