The koala named Ellenborough Lewis had to be put down because his injuries were "too serious to treat."
The recent bushfires in Australia have been devastating and have wreaked havoc for animal populations. One good thing that came out of the fire, along with all the hard work first responders have been putting in is the fact that a woman showed the world that kindness is not dead as she rescued a koala from the fire by using the shirt off her own back and brought it to safety where she then used water to soothe the burns. Sadly, the koala named Ellenborough Lewis had to be put down, because his injuries were "too serious to treat," according to The Daily Mail. The woman Toni took the injured animal to the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie where he received treatment for severe burns to his hands, feet, arms. and the inside of his legs.
Today we made the decision to put Ellenborough Lewis to sleep. His burns would not have got better.😞— 💧Wayne Rogers (@CorioboyWayne) November 26, 2019
Help Thirsty Koalas Devastated by Recent Fires https://t.co/2kM6ecahXx
Unfortunately, his condition turned worse, so the facility had to make the difficult decision to put him down on Tuesday. The hospital shared an update through their Facebook page: Today we made the decision to put Ellenborough Lewis to sleep. We placed him under general anesthesia this morning to assess his burns injuries and change the bandages. We recently posted that "burns injuries can get worse before they get better."
A koala whose dramatic rescue from a devastating Australian bushfire was caught on video faced an unsure future Sunday with severe burns. https://t.co/z6xu9CHZx3— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) November 24, 2019
In Ellenborough Lewis's case, the burns did get worse, and unfortunately would not have gotten better. The Koala Hospital's number one goal is animal welfare, so it was on those grounds that this decision was made. We thank you for your ongoing support. On 24th November, after numerous inquiries about Lewis's condition, they wrote: Ellenborough Lewis has burns to his hands, feet, arms and the inside of his legs.
He is receiving substantial pain relief (as are all the other burnt koalas who require it and some certainly don't), and he is in-home care receiving round the clock care. It's early days yet for him, and with anyone who suffers burns human or animal, things can often get worse before they get better. Lewis at the moment is in the category of "prognosis guarded" as in we are uncertain of his future. If we feel that his injuries and his pain are not treatable and tolerable, we will put him to sleep as this will be the kindest thing to do.
Veterinarians put Ellenborough Lewis to sleep on Tuesday because he couldn't recover from his injuries, the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital said in a Facebook post. https://t.co/8kzn4aJzSb— Kristin Lam (@kristinslam) November 26, 2019
At the Koala Hospital, we do not keep koalas alive " to save their lives" if this means pain and discomfort that is too much. We are all about animal welfare first and foremost. This is why Ellenborough Lewis is not available for adoption at this point in time. We will do what is best for Lewis and all the other koala patients. As a result of the NSW bushfires, Koalas have now been declared functionally extinct after 80 percent of their habitat was damaged.
#Koala Update:— Laurel Coons 🧬🧬🧬 (@LaurelCoons) November 24, 2019
🐨Koala dubbed Ellenborough #Lewis clings to life
🐨Recent headlines suggest bushfires destroyed 80% of the koala’s habitat, rendering the species “functionally extinct”
🐨But some #local populations of koalas are falling sharply due to habitat loss pic.twitter.com/DVn72odgMV
After the news of Lewis being put down was shared, a lot of people took to the post to express their grief. Penni Bruce wrote: Collective hearts around the world have broken. Just as I’m sure those of the caring staff in the Koala Hospital already had. Thank you for doing everything you could to save this brave little man. I’m shedding tears again but am comforted that he is no longer in pain. Helen Sprenger added: Thank you for choosing to be humane before being heroic. Bless his wee sweet soul.