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Our hero Koala, Bear Grilles, is recovering at Australia Zoo

UNBEATABLE: Our Blinky Grille (aka Timberwolf) is making a good recovery at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, under the care of veterinary assistant Robyn Kriel
UNBEATABLE: Our Blinky Grille (aka Timberwolf) is making a good recovery at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, under the care of veterinary assistant Robyn Kriel Ben Beaden

SO TOUGH they named him after a football team, the koala survivor we called Blinky Grille - and others have cleverly dubbed Bear Grilles - is recovering in the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

Too cool to be fazed by being hit by a car at speed near Maryborough and hanging on for life all the way to Gympie, it seems our mate's most serious injury is a torn nail.

And the only thing keeping him in hospital is chlamydia, which will take 28 days to cure.

The Australia Zoo people have claimed naming rights after a team of their "leaf cutters," (who gather gum leaves for the zoo's koalas) took him to the hospital after picking him up from Gympie vet Geoff Collyer.

They named our Blinky "Timberwolf" after their team in a recent Wildlife Warriors charity football match. Timberwolf, 4, was spotted by a taxi driver when the car that hit him stopped to get petrol in Gympie. The car's occupants thought they hit something but could not find him, hidden and hanging on under the car.

By the time they reached Gympie, 88km later, he had climbed up in front and latched on to the grille. Some zoo detective work will hopefully help workers return him to his old stomping grounds.

Gympie Times

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