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We named it Rusty 
27th-Sep-2009 10:05 pm
After a whole day of hoisting boxes and timber into the in-laws' trailer (splinters in tender fingers = ouchie), shuttling to the local dump (mountains of trash) and filling the in-laws' garage at their new house in prep for their move, we headed home from Redlands.

The SO: "Hey dear, look! It's a wild koala there! Wanna see it?"
Me: "Erm, sure!"

The SO is always looking for opportunities for me to appreciate local wildlife and turned the car around.

And in the headlights, we saw it - stumbling and dazed... its hind leg and left eye bleeding, a splatter of still-red blood on the bitchmen.


We parked the car by the side of the road and turned our hazard lights on. I thanked whatever lucky stars we had that we still had our picnic blanket in the boot from an afternoon up at Mt Tambourine yesterday, cuz everytime a vehicle sped past, the koala would shuffle around - once back towards the road and once towards a waterway.

Carefully wrapped over with the picnic blanket, I called my mum-in-law to tell her what we had found and asked if she could find the phone number for a local wildlife rescue organisation.

All the while, we shivered in the cold as we waited. Not a single car that drove past stopped, bar one - a man who had just gotten off a 14 hour shift, but he stopped, got out of his car and asked if everything was alright, and offered to call the rescue for us.

My mum-in-law drove down to keep us company as we waited for the Redlands Wildlife Care Network to send a pickup.

All this time, the koala was docile under the picnic blanket, the SO softly petting its soft fur to ensure it was breathing and warm. But when the rescue people came with thick gloves and picked it up to put into a transport cage, it fought and grunted like a beast.

The rescue people logged its GPS location for whenever it recovers and is ready to be released back in its territory, and allowed us to name it.

The SO: "You name it."
Me: "What? I can't. I don't know if it's a boy or a girl. You name it."
The SO: "Nup."
The rescue lady: "How about Mel? It's a generic name."
Me: (¬_¬)... "No... I'm Mel."
The rescue lady: "That's ok."
Me: "Damn it.... what's the letter after 'Q'?"
The SO: "... R. Fine, it's Rusty."

And so we named it Rusty - a name meant for a dog, but it'll mean we can call the rescue later and ask how it's going. Hopefully we got to it in time and its injuries are not too severe, cuz we know if we hadn't stopped, the next couple of cars would've run it over again and again.

In the meantime, I hope the asshole who ran it over... who didn't stop... who didn't get out of their car to check if it was still alive... who didn't bother to call a wildlife rescue... I hope they get their just desserts, for being so cruel, for not slowing down, for not trying to avoid hitting a creature in the safety of their hunk of metal.

Whoever you are, you're a fucking shithead.
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27th-Sep-2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
I'll be giving the rescue a call in 2-3 days. Hopefully by then it's had some time to be assessed and settle in properly. Keep your fingers crossed.
27th-Sep-2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
I hear koalas can be really mean little critters. I'm sure this one was pretty upset O_o It was nice of you to help it out!
27th-Sep-2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, they are when they don't wanna be picked up or be near anyone, especially during breeding season. We're pretty sure this one would've mauled us if it wasn't in shock and we'd tried to pick it up.

Anyone who sees an injured animal should try to help it - at the very least, get it off the road, so the next vehicle with a blind driver doesn't hit it again.
28th-Sep-2009 02:40 am (UTC)
Yeah... just try not to touch it. Might lash out in fear/shock.
27th-Sep-2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww I hope whoever hit the poor thing ets their just desserts as well bastards...
27th-Sep-2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
So do I...
27th-Sep-2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
I love you and Tom for sitting with the koala until the wildlife pple came *HUGS* Poor whee thing! I hope it recovers soon~
27th-Sep-2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
We couldn't just leave it there. It looked so dazed and if it went back onto the road, any number of the cars that sped past us would've hit it again and then it would have no chance of surviving.

We'll keep you posted on Rusty's progress when we call the rescue.
27th-Sep-2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
Somehow, this (the hit and go) sounds terribly Australian to me. =/ I'm glad you guys called rescue and got the koala medical help though.
27th-Sep-2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
I'd like to think not. At least 1 person stopped to see if he could help and there are people like him out there as well. I just wonder if they're mostly from the older generation and not ours...
27th-Sep-2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
So glad you guys rescued it. I hope all will be well with Rusty.
27th-Sep-2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'll keep everyone posted when we have some news.
28th-Sep-2009 01:29 am (UTC)
it looks cute, i once have a photo op with them once, it was so cute and cuddly XD

but that a good thing u did, i can;t imagine if u left it there....

Edited at 2009-09-28 01:31 am (UTC)
28th-Sep-2009 02:58 am (UTC)
Those koalas you're referring to have been handled to death, so they're used to sitting still in a person's arms. Wild koalas, while still cute and cuddly, can and will maul the crap out of you with their strong claws if they have a mind to.

If we had left it there, any of the several other cars which zoomed past us would've run it over - again and again.
28th-Sep-2009 02:16 am (UTC)
Poor Guy. Whoever did that to him needs to be heckled to death. *nodnod*
28th-Sep-2009 03:06 am (UTC)
Especially since this was in the vicinity of a school (ie. a school zone) and it's a 60kmph (37 miles per hour) stretch of road. They should've been able to see it and stopped/swerved to avoid hitting it at that speed.
28th-Sep-2009 10:15 am (UTC)
MY HEROES!! Great that you did SOMETHING! And Rusty sounds like a good name for a koala too!
29th-Sep-2009 05:14 am (UTC)
*LOL* We be superheroes!... that's if we get word it's doing well. If it didn't make it, I'm gonna feel pretty crap.
28th-Sep-2009 01:51 pm (UTC)
That's a wonderful thing you did. ;___; I'm sure a good number of people would have (and likely did) just continue driving along. That koala's lucky that you two came upon it.

I really hope that jackass gets what's coming to him. >:0
29th-Sep-2009 05:15 am (UTC)
Thanks and I can't blame the people who do just drive by, cuz these are wild animals and sometimes you never know if they might turn aggressive on you.

And so do I... so do I.
29th-Sep-2009 03:57 am (UTC)
You guys rock. I've done similar things, and there's nothing like knowing you helped to save another creature's life.
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