Baby Koala hangs on to life after attack
Sydney - Half the shotgun pellets have been removed from Frodo's body but it is still touch-and-go whether the 16-month-old koala will survive what Australian officials on Wednesday described as a "sickening" attack.
Frodo was found last week at Jimna, near Brisbane, apparently blasted out of a tree with a shotgun. Next to her was her mother, dead from gunshot wounds.
"We're going to throw the book at these people," Queensland State Sustainability Minister Kate Jones told the Sunshine Coast Daily. "I'm sure all Queenslanders are sickened by this attack and they want to see the full force of the law thrown at these people."
Frodo took at least 15 pellets, which doctors at Australia Zoo in Beerwah are removing in batches so as not to stress the 2kg animal too much.
"Our biggest worry at the moment is that she may succumb to lead toxicity as some of those pellets are remaining in her intestinal tract and that the biggest thing we will be watching for in the future," veterinary surgeon Amber Gillett said.
Mark Townend, head of animal welfare group RSPCA, appealed for help in finding the attackers.
"If people don't like animals, why don't they just leave them alone. They don't have to shoot them."