Orphaned koala's fluffy friend

Shayne, a nine-month-old orphaned baby koala, has found solace cuddling a fluffy toy koala in the absence of its mother as it recovers from the trauma. The baby was taken to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital in Beerwah, Queensland, which is run by
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Shayne, a nine-month-old orphaned baby koala, has found solace cuddling a fluffy toy koala in the absence of its mother as it recovers from the trauma. The baby was taken to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital in Beerwah, Queensland, which is run by the family of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, where doctors said it was overcoming its terrifying ordeal with the help of a toy koala as it learns to be independent.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 20, 2016, with the headline 'Orphaned koala's fluffy friend'. Print Edition | Subscribe