"Phantom was with Lizzy during her procedures and check-ups to ensure neither mum nor bub gets stressed out," the hospital said.
In pictures that can only be described as heartbreaking, a baby Koala refused to leave his mom's side and continuously hugged her as she went through surgery at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, according to ABC News. Phantom the koala joey and his mom Lizzy were hit by a car on the Warrego Highway near Coominya, Australia, the hospital informed the news outlet. The hospital also added that while Lizzy suffered a collapsed lung and facial trauma, Phantom was luckily unharmed.
What was even more surprising was the fact that the baby did not budge from his mother's side and stuck around for support as she went through surgery and other treatments, the hospital added. "Phantom is with Lizzy during her procedures and check-ups to ensure neither mum nor bub gets stressed out," the hospital said. "Similarly, Phantom is in a 'pouch' during weighing to ensure he feels safe and protected while away from mum."
Lizzy is currently out of surgery and is recovering well, the hospital added. "It's so rewarding to see patients like Lizzy getting better," vet nurse Jamie-Lynn Hevers added. The mom-and-son duo are just two of the thousands of patients the hospital sees on a regular basis. They said it has treated 58,000 native wildlife patients to date. However, people were quite touched about the way the joey behaved.
Elaine Perkins wrote: I don't blame the baby...he wants to make certain to not be separated from her. Nancy Michaud added: Unbelieveable cute! They usually stay in momma's pouch for quite a while! Diana Fanizza wrote: Goes to show u animals r so lovable..unconditional love..more humans should respect the animal world more..maybe they can learn something from this. Barbara Pittaway added: so awesome, God Bless them.
Sara C. Desvarieux added: See more news like this would lower blood pressure and keep most of the population sane. All that other garbage on TV is what's killing us. I love koala bears. Tina Newman added: It's all about keeping them happy. They don't understand and, like any good mommy, she wants her baby near. She'll probably heal better with him near, not stressing about where he is. Nadine Odo added: This is not just a great story about a baby's love for his mother, but also about animal hospital staff who have compassion for their patients.