One-eyed koala at Edinburgh Zoo dies after suffering from ‘chronic health problems’

A koala at Edinburgh Zoo has sadly passed away after suffering from a number of ‘chronic’ health conditions.

The RZSS broke the news on Monday May 2 that Goonaroo, 17, one of their Queensland koalas, had died in their care.

Described as a “real character” by staff at the Edinburgh attraction, Goonaroo had lived at the zoo for several years and suffered from various health issues.

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In December 2021, the male koala had undergone a procedure to remove his right eye, but ongoing problems in his left had “not responded to treatment”.

Paying tribute to Goonaroo on social media, the zoo said:

“At 17, Goonaroo had age-related health issues.

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“Although he recovered well from an operation to remove his right eye in December, he still had chronic problems with his remaining eye and was not responding to treatment.

“Our dedicated vets and caretakers reviewed his general well-being and quality of life and advised that he be put to sleep.

“Goonaroo was a real character who sired three joeys under the International Species Breeding Program. He will be missed by everyone here at the zoo and our hearts go out to everyone who cared for him.”


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