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    • Koala mother Madeline was hit by a vehicle and saved by 1300Koalaz this week
    • She and her ‘baby Yoda’ are now recovering in the care of the nonprofit shelter 
    • Around 85 per cent of animals with 1300Koalaz are from car and dog incidents 
    • The Koala Foundation estimates 4,000 koalas are killed by cars and dogs yearly
    • More than 80 per cent of koalas hit by cars or attacked by dogs end up dying 

    A koala mother suffered a broken arm while the baby riding on her back was sent flying after being hit by a car in an area plagued by hit-and-runs and dog attacks.  

    Mother Madeline, aged seven, and her 10-month-old baby Yoda were crossing Long Valley Road in Strathalbyn, southeast of Adelaide, when they were hit by a car at 10:30pm on November 2. 

    Nonprofit 1300Koalaz, also known as Adelaide and Hills Koala Rescue, saved the mother and son and say 85 per cent of the animals currently in their care are from vehicle strikes or dog attacks.  

    Koala mother Madeline (pictured) was left with cuts and bruises on her face and a broken right arm after she and her ‘Baby Yoda’ were hit by a car whilecrossing Long Valley Road in Strathalbyn, southeast of Adelaide, at 10:30pm on November 2

    A picture of Madeline after the crash shows her squinting with cuts and bruises on her face while a large scar can be seen on her broken right arm.

    An X-ray reveals both of Madeline's forearm bones between her elbow and wrist on her right arm were broken

    An X-ray reveals both of Madeline’s forearm bones between her elbow and wrist on her right arm were broken

    The scar is from a surgery on her broken arm. 

    An X-ray reveals both of Madeline’s forearm bones between her elbow and wrist on her right arm were broken. 

    1300Koalaz rescuer Sally Sellwood, who has been saving koalas for six years, said both koalas were ‘shaken up’ by the crash. 

    ‘He (Yoda) would have been back riding on his mother. She took the hit and broke her arm while he was jettisoned through the air before landing on the road,’ Ms Sellwood told Daily Mail Australia.

    ‘Luckily he only got a scrape on his chin. He was a bit shaken up and Madeline’s a bit shaken up too.’   

    Ms Sellwood said it will take up to nine months for Madeline’s right arm to heal before she is able to be released back into the wild. 

    Joey Yoda hugs onto his mother Madeline while in the care of 1300Koalaz

    1300Koalaz rescuer Sally Sellwood, who has been saving koalas for six years, said both koalas were 'shaken up' by the crash

    Joey Yoda hugs onto his mother Madeline while in the care of 1300Koalaz. 1300Koalaz rescuer Sally Sellwood, who has been saving koalas for six years, said both koalas were ‘shaken up’ by the crash.

    Madeline is currently not allowed to climb to let her arm heal and is staying a in a ground pen with her joey and a younger female, who Ms Sellwood hopes will babysit Yoda to take some pressure off the recovering mother.    

    ‘She’s in good spirits and eating well but she’s a little bit worn out. Looking after an exceptionally big joey, who’s pretty demanding. 

    ‘It’s a question of keeping that going but also babysitting the joey from time to time so she gets a bit of serious rest. She doesn’t mind us taking him away so she can sleep, you know what parents are like with kids.’  

    Ten-month-old Yoda weighs three kilograms and is unable to fit in his mother’s pouch anymore so he rides on her back – but carers are keeping back rides to a minimum so Madeline’s arm can heal. 

    Ms Sellwood said the greatest challenge in keeping koalas in captivity over such a long period of time is that they may become depressed and ‘lose the will to live’. 

    ‘It’s really important to keep their spirits up because they can get depressed and once they start to go down, they can get renal failure,’ she said. 

    ‘Subconsciously, they just give up, lose the will to live and succumb to sickness before passing away. If you can keep their spirits up it’s not too much of a problem.’ 

    Joey clings onto mother Madeline's back. Ten-month-old Yoda weighs three kilograms and is unable to fit in his mother's pouch anymore so he rides on her back - but carers are keeping back rides to a minimum so Madeline's arm can heal

    Joey clings onto mother Madeline’s back. Ten-month-old Yoda weighs three kilograms and is unable to fit in his mother’s pouch anymore so he rides on her back – but carers are keeping back rides to a minimum so Madeline’s arm can heal

    Yoda eats leaves while leaning on his mother. Madeline is currently not allowed to climb to let her arm heal and is staying a in a ground pen with her joey and a younger female, who Ms Sellwood hopes will babysit Yoda to take some pressure off the recovering mother

    Yoda eats leaves while leaning on his mother. Madeline is currently not allowed to climb to let her arm heal and is staying a in a ground pen with her joey and a younger female, who Ms Sellwood hopes will babysit Yoda to take some pressure off the recovering mother

    1300Koalaz posted pictures of Madeline and Yoda recovering in their pen and eating eucalyptus leaves to Facebook on Monday. 

    ‘1300Koalaz sends a big warm welcome to Madeline and baby Yoda. This adorable duo came in after Madeline had been hit by a car. They will be in care for a some time whilst Madeline recovers from the ordeal,’ the page wrote.

    ’85 per cent of koalas we currently have in care are due to vehicle strike or dog attack. All of these admissions were avoidable.’  

    It comes after another koala named Luigi was hit by a car while crossing North East Road in the Adelaide suburb of Saint Agnes last Friday.  

    ‘Luigi was very lucky that so many wonderful motorists stopped to let him cross the road. Unfortunately, one car did not understand why people had stopped and proceeded through and hit Luigi,’ 1300Koalaz wrote on Facebook. 

    The male koala miraculously suffered no broken bones and is currently under observation. He is expected to be released in the coming days.  

    Another koala named Alex was taken into care after being attacked by a pet dog in an Adelaide park on Monday.   

    ‘Alex has had a bit of a rough time of late. He met with a dog and they had a bit of a scruff,’ the page wrote.

    A koala named Luigi (pictured) was hit by a car while crossing North East Road in the Adelaide suburb of Saint Agnes last Friday. Around 4,000 koalas are killed by dogs and cars each year as a result of the loss of their habitat, according to the Australian Koala Foundation

    A koala named Luigi (pictured) was hit by a car while crossing North East Road in the Adelaide suburb of Saint Agnes last Friday. Around 4,000 koalas are killed by dogs and cars each year as a result of the loss of their habitat, according to the Australian Koala Foundation

    ‘We can only thank the dogs owner who bravely separated the two and promptly called us. This quick action has saved Alex a world of pain.’  

    The male koala is now ‘doing quite well but requires observation and antibiotics’. 

    Around 4,000 koalas are killed by dogs and cars each year as a result of the loss of their habitat, according to the Australian Koala Foundation.  

    More than 85 per cent of koalas hit by cars die while over 80 per cent of koalas attacked by dogs are killed, according to the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

    Slowing down on roads in koala areas and keeping dogs on leashes are two ways Australians can greatly reduce the number of avoidable koala deaths. 

    ‘We ask that people remain vigilant when walking dogs and place their dogs on a lead when walking. Alternatively if there is a koala in your backyard please pop your dog inside until the koala has passed,’ 1300Koalaz wrote on Facebook.

    ‘Please also slow down between Dusk and Dawn and keep your eyes peeled. This is the time when koalas are mostly on the move. It is breeding season and koalas are certainly on the move right now.’  

    Another koala named Alex (pictured) was taken into care after being attacked by a pet dog in an Adelaide park on Monday. Over 80 per cent of koalas attacked by dogs are killed, according to the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

    Another koala named Alex (pictured) was taken into care after being attacked by a pet dog in an Adelaide park on Monday. Over 80 per cent of koalas attacked by dogs are killed, according to the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

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