Orphaned baby koala finds comfort in stuffed animal after mom's tragic death

(CBS NEWS) - A 9-month-old koala named Shayne had a rough start in life.

The young cub was forced to fend for himself after his mother was hit by a car. Rescuers found the furry little creature alone on the side of a road in Australia, being chased by crows.

Luckily, the koala managed to escaped unscathed. 

But he still has a long road to recovery ahead.

“He’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,” non-profit Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors posted on Facebook.

The koala is having a hard time, which may be why he’s often be spotted clinging to a stuffed koala bear as if it were his own mom. Wrapped in a pink blanket, Shayne uses the toy as a pillow.

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Shayne the koala cuddles up inside of a homemade bed at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. AUSTRALIA ZOO WILDLIFE WARRIORS/FACEBOOK

Shayne isn’t the only wild animal having to cope with loss this time of year.

 

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