Orphaned marsupials are always guaranteed to pull on our heartstrings – remember the parent-less Kangaroo and Wombat who became firm friends?
So we felt woe, but also an overwhelming desire to coo when we read about another adorable animal orphan and his tragic tale – that of Oxley Squeaky, the four-month old koala whose mother was hit by a car.
Little Oxley was found whimpering in his wounded mother’s pouch on an Australian roadside in Oxley, New South Wales by a local council worker named Squeaky. He rushed the mother and son to Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, but sadly, the mother didn’t survive the night.
Luckily her baby did, and he’s now well on the way to a speedy recovery - hugging a cotton blanket in place of his mum. “He’s a quiet little fella, but he’s doing ok” Cheyne Flanagan, a supervisor at the hospital confirmed.
ABOVE: A baby koala and mother in happier times
After seeing his forlorn face, we wanted to take Oxley home ourselves and look after him (fulfilling a lifelong dream since the days of The Really Wild Show), but HR won’t agree to a Eucalyptus tree and Koala pen in the office. So we’ll have to content ourselves with more cute pictures of koalas – here’s hoping Oxley will be as happy as these guys one day.
Picture credits: Rex Features