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Baby koala shot with pellet gun dies

22 January 2010 | 10:01:45 PM | Source: AAP/SBS

A baby koala shot with a pellet gun has died on the operating table as veterinarians tried to save his life.

Doug was found with pellet wounds to his ribs and abdomen at the base of a tree at a Morayfield property, north of Brisbane, on Tuesday morning.

His mother Meryl was also shot but is expected to make a full recovery after earlier surgery.

Staff at the Australian Wildlife Hospital tried to remove half of one of Doug's lungs after a pellet was found in his chest.

"However, it is with sad regret that during surgery, Doug passed away and vets were unable to save him," a spokeswoman said.

X-rays on Friday revealed surgery was needed as soon as possible after it was found his condition had worsened.

He was given only a 50-50 chance of survival before the operation.

Authorities are continuing to search for the perso

Added: Jan-22-2010 Occurred On: Jan-22-2010
By: Jigzy
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