Sep 24, 2007

Rare White Koala

This rare Koala, nicknamed Mick, was found blind and suffering from a variety of illnesses by a forest ranger and taken to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, north of Sydney. After an operation on his eyes, he was put on antibiotics and gradually returned to full health. Now, Mick is back into the bush and happy with a big family!

He was immediately given round-the-clock security protection in case anyone tried to steal him and sell him to a collector for his novelty value. Mick is incredibly rare because although he has white fur instead of the usual grey/brown, he has the normal black eyes and nose.

"We kept him isolated from the other koalas not only for health reasons but because we didn't want too many people to know we even had him with us," said Miss Flanagan. Only a handful of staff were told about him, just in case word got about." Link


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