Noosa farewells koala Aggie

Bernard Jean reminisces on the joy Cuddles brought to so many lives.

One of Noosa National Park’s beloved koalas, a five-year-old female known as Aggie passed away last week.

Queensland Koala Crusaders (QKC) president Meghan Halverson said despite treatment Aggie succumbed to chlamydia.

“We gave her the best chance,” Meghan said. Unfortunately her bladder wall was so thickened because of the illness she was unable to survive.

Aggie had been struggling with the disease for some time having last year been rescued in the carpark at Noosa National Park due to her sudden weight loss and stained bottom and taken for treatment to RSPCA Wacol.

Noosa National Park has long been a safe haven for koalas. Visitors from around the world, as well as locals, visit the park to try to spot one in the wild.

Photographer Bernard Jean who documents the national park koalas through his photography and regularly checks on their well being knew Aggie well.

She would look up at him in recognition when he visited.

Together with QKC Bernard is compiling a collection of photos and words into a booklet on Aggie’s life as he did for Noosa’s most famous koala, Cuddles, who lived at Tea Tree Bay before passing away.

Cuddles delighted visitors whose faces would light up with excitement to see a wild koala perched in his favourite tree with a view over the bay.

Proceeds from the book will go toward the work of QKC.



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