Times of News
Time may be running out for three young koala bears who were stolen early Friday morning from the home of a wildlife carer near Brisbane, according to the RSPCA and reported by ABC Australia.
The trio of orphaned koalas, believed to be approximately 14 months old, were housed in an enclosure and under the careful supervision of RSPCA vet nurse, Sam Longman.
According to the news outlet, Longman continues to hope that the perpetrators will return the ailing koalas, who were among 10 she was nursing back to health.
While appeals for information, and a financial reward being offered by wildlife supporters, have been made on social media, Longman is concerned that there has been no breakthrough on the whereabouts of the koalas, she said they will not survive on their own.
“They go through a process with us carers, stage by stage, to get them ready to go back to the wild, and they’re not anywhere near that stage to be released,” said a worried Longman about the koalas who need medication and specialist care. “They’re still very dependent on me.”