The first koala named Paul, rescued from the devastating Port Macquarie bushfires that happen late last year, has died after an eight months battle with its injuries.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital announce the sad news.
“It is with a heavy heart that I let you know Paul passed away on Sunday 28th June,” the Facebook post reads.
“Paul was the first koala rescued in the devastating bush fires in Port Macquarie in November last year.
“He was brought to the Koala Hospital as a badly burnt, traumatised little koala.
“For a long time, Paul sat in his basket in intensive care.
“Over the following month’s Paul responded well to treatment and his healing progressed as expected.
“In spite of a nutritious diet and all the specialist care that the hospital could give, Paul’s health declined last week and he passed away quickly.”
The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital also mentioned that some wild koalas struggle to return to perfect health after injury.
“The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital volunteers and staff who cared for Paul for over eight months have been devastated by his loss,” they wrote.
“Paul touched the hearts of everyone who looked after him.”
Heartfelt messages were left beneath the announcement.
“RIP beautiful Paul. My heart is with the team and carers at the koala hospital who nursed him through those dark days,” one person wrote.
‘You fought hard’
“You fought hard,” another wrote.
“To the dedicated staff of the koala hospital, your hearts are heavy but your devotion and care is sincerely appreciated.”
“Thank you for giving Paul the 5-star koala treatment he needed,” one Facebook follower said.
“I’m so sorry you couldn’t save him in the end, but he had the best care from you.”