In a series of events that could only occur in Australia, an injured koala’s life was saved last week by quick-thinking firefighters who performed CPR on the animal.
The koala was hit by a car in Langwarrin, in Melbourne’s southeast, and was unconscious when firefighters retrieved it from the tree. But after heart massage, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and oxygen treatment, the koala was stabilized.
“First time I’ve done CPR on a koala,” said Michelle Thomas, the wildlife officer on hand during the emergency.
The koala is current being supervised by a vet and has been named Sean after the captain of the firefighting team that saved his life. He has recovered and will soon be released to a new home — further from the road.