‘Sherriff’ the koala watched on unimpressed as his neighbour enjoyed a meal while the pair recovered at a sanctuary in Port Stephens.
Four-year-old Sheriff suffered puncture wounds to his head, arm and back after a dog attack, according to Port Stephens Koalas. He was “very traumatised” but in a stable condition after a shaky start to his recovery, the wildlife hospital said.
Soni, who is seen enjoying a meal in this video posted to Facebook on January 16, was recovering after being found suffering from exhaustion during a heatwave.
In the video, a carer can be heard saying Sheriff was “not impressed” at being made to watch the feeding. “He’s waiting up there patiently for his breakfast. He’s licking his chops already,” the carer says.
Port Stephens Koalas is one of many wildlife hospitals in Australia that have been inundated with arrivals after a record bushfire season which began in late 2019.
More than 1 billion animals were estimated to have died in Australia due to an intense bushfire season from late 2019 into early 2020, according to estimates made by the University of Sydney. Credit: Port Stephens Koalas via Storyful