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Cooper Trooper

We'd like to share a little bit about Cooper with you - his courageous story is just one example of the amazing animals who has been helped through Wildlife Victoria and our incredible team of volunteers.


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Wildlife Victoria  first heard about little Cooper in late April after he lost his mum - she was hit by a car and sadly she didn't survive. There was still hope for Cooper - and luckily someone driving past the incident stopped to help. Cooper's rescuer called the team at Wildlife Victoria who captured key details about the situation and from there the Emergency Response Operator was able to mobilise a series of volunteers who helped get the tiny joey from the side of a busy road to a wildlife care facility. The team at Wildlife Victoria have access to a comprehensive database and integrated communication system that allows our Emergency response Operators to connect wildlife in need with one of our suitably trained volunteers or, if necessary, a veterinarian. In Cooper's case a volunteer was required for his rescue, transport and care.


When Cooper first arrived at the shelter of one of our volunteer carers, Christine, he was only a tiny baby - he weighed just over 550 grams - and he needed round the clock care to have a chance of pulling through. His carer kept him warm and fed him often. Cooper's care was touch and go for quite some time and while his carer was always full of hope, she was never sure when she went in to see him whether he would still be alive. 


Cooper is tough little guy, a real trooper, and he has come a long way over the past eight months.


Cooper Throwback LogoToday he weighs a healthy  2 kilograms. He is boisterous and affectionate with a tendency to burst out of his "pouch" when he sees a bottle! While he might be a bit overzealous when it comes to feeding time - what animal isn't? - he is always sure to give lots of kisses in thanks.  At the moment Cooper has just started to hop around - and it won't be long before he will need to move onto his next phase of rehabilitation.


Every year the Wildlife Victoria Emergency Response Service responds to over 65,000 calls and connects animals who are injured, sick or orphaned with specially trained volunteers. Wildlife Victoria is a not-for-profit charity and receives no on-going government funding. Generous donations from wildlife lovers like you allow us to help give joeys like Cooper a chance. Please make a donation today or join our Wild Friends program.



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