July 23rd 2008
Lucky Blinky freed from Fort's crevice
Eleven days ago a backpacker made a sad and sorry discovery near the top of Magnetic Island's Forts walk. It was a male koala that was stuck deep down in a rock crevice with no hope of getting out alone.
Fortunately the backpacker was able to contact the Environment Protection Agency's rangers on Magnetic Island and, following a four hour operation, the koala, who would have died if left there, was rescued.
"The crevice was only about five inches wide and it was quite a job to retrieve this koala as we could only just reach him," said QPWS's Temporary Ranger, who has been involved with the rescue, Ean McDonald.
EPA's Ean McDonald and Nathan Winn inspect Blinky following his rescue.
"The rescue effort involved locals, Magnetic Island Wildlife Carers, backpackers, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and local vet Alison Bee."
Once freed, the koala was transported to the Magnetic Island Veterinary Surgery where Alison Bee placed him on a drip and treated him for superficial wounds and abrasions.
On the drip
With one eye requiring veterinary attention he was named, appropriately, "Blinky Bill" and remained in the care of Alison Bee for over a week before he was fit for release.
Blinky is microchipped
Upon release Blinky was micro chipped before being placed in an Ironbark tree near where he was found.
"Blinky Bill's rescue, rehabilitation and release is a great success owing to a community with a passion for the welfare of native wildlife. Thanks again to all involved and to Alison Bee for her great commitment to animal welfare," said Ean McDonald.
Blinky safely back in the bush
Photos courtesy of EPA Magnetic Island Rangers
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