Follow the instructions below for road injuries in handling sick or orphaned koalas which have suffered from a road injury or have been injured in some other way.
However, unless the Koala is in immediate danger, it is better to leave it to the experts to catch it if they think it is necessary.
If you contact a wildlife care group about a sick or injured animal, it is important to let them know where the Koala was found so that the correct decision can be made on a release site when the animal recovers.
What should I do if I find an animal injured on the road?
- Pull off the road safely. If possible, phone your local carer for instructions.
- Make sure it is safe before you go onto the road to attend to the animal. Stop any traffic if necessary.
- Approach the animal carefully from behind.
- Place a sack, blanket, towel or box over the koala, enclosing its arms and head. Remember, the koala is frightened and has very sharp claws, so be careful. Injured or orphaned animals need immediate dark, warmth and quiet. They may never have been touched by humans and any stress can cause further injury and death from shock. You also may be injured.
- Move the animal to a safe place away from any traffic.
- Handle the koala as little as possible and keep the environment quiet. Keep it safe until help arrives or you get it to a Vet or Carer.
- Keep people and dogs away from the animal. Do not allow people to peek at or touch it.
- Do not try to feed the Koala or give it anything to drink.
- Contact a wildlife carer as soon as possible.