A mother-child bond is a very intimate and compassionate one that is not only found in humans but also in animals. Such love and connection were witnessed in Australia when a baby koala was being separated from his mother.
Lizzy, the mother koala was hit by a car and had to undergo immediate surgery due to facial damage and a collapsed lung. Her six months old baby, Phantom was, however, unharmed in the accident. During surgery, the baby koala could not be separated from his mother.
The baby koala clung onto her and screamed when anybody intervened. Since it was too young to be separated from his mother, the doctors allowed Phantom to cling to her during the entire surgery. It continued to hold on until the surgery ended successfully.
Lizzy was rescued by the Wildlife Warriors which is an Australian hospital established by the famous crocodile lover, Steve Irwin. It is known to be the most successful wildlife conservation organization to have delivered maximum outcome-based projects.
After the surgery, while the sedated koala lay on the table, her baby was seen to be clinging onto her back with remorse on his face. Koalas are usually asocial animals and the only bond they have is with their mothers. They stay in their mother’s pouch for six to seven months or even a year. Until they decide to be on their own. So, the bond is deeply intimate.
Lizzy had survived the surgery with a repaired lung and was recovering with Phantom by her side. This incident shows an animal’s ability to feel emotions we fail to recognize in them. However, what is pleasing is a happy ending.