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A 6-Month-Old Koala Joey Is Given A Second Chance At Life Thanks To The Werribee Open Range Zoo

by Karen Belz
Karen Belz has written for sites such as Bustle, HelloGiggles, Romper, and So Yummy. She's the mom of a sassy toddler and drinks an alarming amount of Sugar-Free Red Bull in order to keep up with her.

There’s a reason why we all watched Bambi as kids — and not just the fact that Disney considers it a classic film.

While the 1942 film is still often referenced today, it was an early lesson on loss. It was sad to see Bambi coping with the loss of his mother, but it was important for kids to see his life still continue forward. And it still included many moments of success and happiness. (Sure, you might not remember the parts that included Bambi’s love interest Faline, but they were still a big part of the film.)

That’s something you’ll want to keep in mind while hearing the horrible story of what happened to this 6-month-old koala’s mother.

Unfortunately, her mom had an unsuccessful run-in with a dog, leaving the little joey all alone. But much like Bambi, the story has a happy ending.

Named “Minnie,” this baby koala was given a second chance at survival thanks to the Werribee Open Range Zoo, located in Australia. Minnie’s caretakers are keeping a close eye on her. At the age of 6 months, joeys still depend heavily on their moms. Not only do their moms provide food and comfort, but they also do their best to keep their babies safe. If Minnie hadn’t been found in time, her fate might have been grim.

Minnie is being watched throughout the night, and she actually has certain behaviors that are typical of a newborn. For one, she’s very vocal at nighttime.

Watch more of Minnie, and see how her caretakers have imitated her mother’s pouch in this heartwarming video.

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