Koalas gummed up by the flu
A WILDLIFE park in South Australia has suspended visitors being photographed with koalas because three-quarters of the animals are battling the flu.
In June, all 57 koalas at Cleland Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills were quarantined.
It was hoped the cuddly attractions would be healthy enough for “close up” experiences by mid-July but, apart from three days, they have re- mained out of bounds. An Environment Department spokeswoman said most of the koalas had experienced flulike symptoms on and off over recent weeks.
They have since been kept under strict quarantine.
“Symptoms are coughs, sniffles, and nasal discharge,” the spokeswoman said.
“Some koalas are still display.
“The cold and wet weather on over the past few months has probably hindered their recovery and we hope that all the koalas will return to full health, and public display, soon.”
Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, Grammy award-winning singer Mariah Carey, Bond girl Olga Kurylenko and Green Day drummer Tre Cool are among celebrities to be photographed holding koalas at the park.