Lifestyle Pets Australia Zoo Saves Orphaned 1-Lb. Koala Joey Who Fell Out of Tree From Tragedy The Werribee Zoo put the injured baby koala in a tiny cast and started her on an around-the-clock feeding schedule By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 15, 2019 05:30 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Werribee Zoo A little koala joey’s life began in tragedy, but it’s not going to end that way. According to Australia’s Werribee Zoo, the baby koala, now about 7 months old, arrived at the zoo this summer, after falling out of a tree in a plantation logging area. The joey and the baby’s mother were rescued from the site by a wildlife carer, but unfortunately the mother koala had to be euthanized due to her severe injuries. This left the joey orphaned and alone during a time where it should’ve been in its mother’s pouch. Instead of giving up on the baby animal, the wildlife carer brought the joey to the Werribee Zoo, where their team of vets worked to save the 1-lb. baby. Florida Zoo Koala Joey Emerges from Mother’s Pouch for the First Time Looking Picture Perfect “It was really touch and go when she was brought to us,” Werribee vet nurse Jess Rice said in a statement. “She was just at the stage where she would have been starting to poke her head out of mum’s pouch. Joeys that size don’t have a good survival rate in care.” Werribee Zoo The zoo treated the joey’s fractured arm, by putting the baby in a tiny cast, and put her on an around-the-clock feeding schedule. The motherless marsupial also received a stuffed animal to cuddle and bond with during the time when she needed a comforting touch the most. “Bonding and company is really important to a joey of that age,” Rice added. “Koala joeys are often given toys to provide comfort and teach them how to hang off the fur like they would with their mother.” Werribee Zoo World’s Sexiest Koala Has the Internet All Hot and Bothered thanks to the help from her dedicated zoo team, the joey is putting on weight and is growing into a healthy koala. She is now back in the care of the wildlife carer who originally brought the baby to the zoo, and will likely be released into the wild in another year or so. Getting this joey back to her original habitat is important to the zoo and animal lovers across Australia, especially since koalas are listed as vulnerable by the IUCN Red List due to habitat loss and disease.