Adopt Me!Triumph was rescued in March 2017, after his mother died from disease. Straight away rescuers noticed he was missing a foot on his right leg, possibly due to injury. After a thorough vet check, it was discovered he was born without it and instead of an ankle, he had a little stump with a small foot pad on the end. As he was still a joey, about 10 months old, he was cared for by a volunteer koala carer.
After a month in care, Triumph was treated for Chlamydial Pneumonia which can be quite stubborn to cure. As with all things, Triumph took his time but made a complete recovery, and once recovered, moved into Koala Kindy with 5 other joeys at the Friends of the Koala Care Centre.
He was very brave, being the smallest joey in the group, but was soon snuggling and fighting with the best of them. Even though his weight, personality and maturity was similar to his kindy friends, his dexterity was well below par. Triumph often slipped and was found hanging upside down after losing his balance quite regularly. It was frustrating to watch – he was doing everything else perfectly, but he just couldn’t get his head around his foot not being there.
Months passed by with his roommates being released and new roommates moving in. He adjusted to change well but was really taking his time developmentally. After some time, he started to show signs that he was maturing. This started with bellowing, a sound much like a teenage boy’s voice cracking, followed by his scent gland becoming active and some inappropriate humping (mostly of his carer, as she was the one handling him). We had to come up with a plan!
While releasing koalas back into the wild is the best outcome for those that come into care, all options must be considered and given Triumph only has three feet, we had to consider the possibility that he may never be released.
After being moved to a larger enclosure by himself for a few weeks, Triumph was transferred to a plantation kindy with one of his kindy pals. Here he had the opportunity to climb smaller trees and completely feed himself. While he climbed up all 59 trees with ease, he always struggled climbing down, making him un-releasable.
He now calls Friends of the Koala home and we are so lucky to have him!