The bond between a mother and her baby is as strong as they come. While moms are usually the ones in charge of taking care of their young, the tables turned for this baby koala when his mother became injured.
When this tiny koala’s mother was struck by a car, she needed life saving surgery immediately. The mother koala, named Lizzy, was hit by a car on a highway in Australia, resulting in a collapsed lung and facial trauma.
Her baby Joey was unharmed, but the little tyke was clearly scared for his mommy. The 6-month-old Joey clung to his mother’s side and refused to leave her as she underwent surgery at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
All the while mom was undergoing emergency surgery, her baby, named Phantom, stayed in the operating room and hugged her the entire time. Can you think of anything cuter?!
Thankfully, Lizzy’s surgery was a success and she is now recovering at the hospital, which was founded by ‘the Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin. Since opening, the hospital has treated 58,000 native wildlife patients. They see about 70 koalas per month, so they know just how to take care of them.
While mommy Lizzy recovers, her baby Phantom will take over the role as caregiver, making sure that his mom has lots of cuddles to help her get better. There’s nothing like a bit of TLC to help you through a traumatic incident and luckily Lizzy and Phantom are getting plenty of that at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
Hopefully it won’t be long before mommy and baby will be fighting fit and ready to be released back into the wild.