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Thief steals vulnerable koala joeys in Brisbane

The three joeys were being cared for at a carers house when they were taken. Photo: AAP
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Three baby koalas have been stolen from the house of an RSPCA wildlife carer in Brisbane’s east.

Police said the three koala joeys were taken between 9pm on Thursday and 6am on Friday from an address in Ormiston.

The animals were among 10 joeys being treated by the carer and all three are about 14 months old.

The carer had been treating two of them with specialist medication and all three were on supplemental feeding plans.

RSPCA vet nurse and wildlife carer Sam Longman said they were among 10 koalas she was nursing back to health at her bayside home.

She said none of the three joeys would survive on their own.

“They can climb but don’t have the smarts they need,” she said.

“They go through a process with us carers stage by stage to get them ready to go back to the wild and they’re not anywhere near that stage to be released, they’re still very dependent on me,” she told the ABC.

Police said the joeys would not survive in the wild because they had been dependent on human care and so should not be released.

Anyone responsible for taking the koalas has been urged to call call the RSPCA or hand the animals in to police.

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