Ocean Park veterinarians have euthanized a koala after its health deteriorated following a severe respiratory infection, hk01.com reports.
Park officials said the infection, first detected in May, had been put under control, but the marsupial’s health had continued to deteriorate and it had to be put under 24-hour intensive care.
By Tuesday, Sora’s vital organs had all but collapsed, prompting officials to decide to end the animal’s life.
The decision was supported by the Osaka Tennoji Zoo, where Sora came from, as well as the South Carolina Clareland Wildlife Park and the Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.
Suzanne Gendron, Ocean Park’s executive director of zoological operations and education, said she was saddened by Sora’s “unfortunate” death.
Sora had been living at Ocean Park since July 2016 when it arrived from Tennoji Zoo.
The koala had been a popular figure at the park, serving as a friendly ambassador to the public on the need to protect nature and the wildlife.
Ocean Park is taking care of a number of other koalas, which are the main feature of its Adventures of Australia attraction.
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