Koalas
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5 koalas arrived at Longleat from Australia final October as a part of a conservation programme

One in every of Longleat Safari Park’s koalas has been put down after changing into critically unwell.

The feminine, known as Wilpena, was considered one of 5 southern koalas to reach from Australia final October as a part of a conservation programme.

The park stated it had no various after she developed kidney illness.

One male and 4 feminine koalas had been despatched to the Wiltshire park from Adelaide beneath a scheme to guard the weak species.

They’re the one southern koalas in Europe.

Longleat’s Graeme Dick stated oxalate nephrosis was a illness that impacts virtually 60% of koalas in captivity and within the wild, however the trigger is unknown.

“It wasn’t wholly sudden. We did suppose at some stage we could encounter the issue, it simply hit us fairly early on within the programme,” he stated.

He stated Wilpena had undergone two weeks of “actually intense palliative care” however her kidneys stopped functioning and “the kindest factor was to let her go”.

Mr Dick stated the animals had been monitored every day for indicators of the illness, however “as a result of they sleep for such lengthy intervals of the day it is extremely troublesome to see if they are not very effectively”.

“We’re working with the Worldwide Koala Centre of Excellence to have a look at options for the issue,” he added.

Head of animal operations at Longleat, Darren Beasley, stated the keepers had been “extremely upset”.