Baby koala bear Phantom clings to mom Lizzy during surgery

This picture breaks my heart and obviously touched the hearts of the Australia Zoo vet staff who were amazed to see the devotion of six-month-old Phantom as his mom Lizzy went into surgery.

The pair were hit by a car on the Warrego Highway near Brisbane.

Lizzy suffered a collapsed lung. You can see the breathing apparatus on Lizzy’s face. Her collapsed lung had to be drained at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

Neither mother or son broke any bones and Phantom, who weighs only 420 grams, was almost untouched. 296F575600000578-3114684-Lizzy_suffered_a_collapsed_lung_and_is_currently_doing_well_in_r-a-1_1433731007291

During the procedure, Phantom remained by his mum’s side and climbed on to her back and was cuddling the groggy patient.

296F575F00000578-3114684-image-a-3_1433728056092Baby Phantom stayed at his mother’s side throughout the procedure, even snuggling up to an anaesthetised Lizzy.

Hospital vet nurse, Jamie-Lynn Nevers told the Courier Mail

“Lizzy is in recovery and we’re happy to say she is going well. It’s so rewarding to see patients like Lizzy doing well.

To make a donation, go to the Australia Wildlife Hospital’s wildlife warriors fund. 


“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who have helped treat little Phantom’s mum Lizzy,” the facility posted on Facebook, “and who have taken an interest in sharing their story! ”

h/t: Courier Mail  Photo Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors/Facebook

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