"[H]e's dealing with the loss of his mum and the vital life lessons he needs to learn in order to become an independent, wild koala," hospital director Rosie Booth said in a release. "It's very fortunate that we had an observant rescuer who found Shayne and brought him into us because he wouldn't have lasted even a day in the wild by himself at his young age - now he gets a second chance at life."
Shayne is now receiving round-the-clock attention to make sure his body stays healthy enough to one day be released back into the wild. But his caretakers are mindful of his heart, as well.
That's why they gave him a mom-shaped toy to snuggle with in her absence.