8/15/2011 3:00 PM ET |
Filed under: Awwwww
Poor little thing! She looks so precious with that little pink bandage though.
Sprinkles the koala has a several drooling problem that leaves her skin wet, which later results in bacteria and inflammation of the skin.
Doctors say that the rare disease, called sialosis, had become a "real problem for her" in that it causes skin diseases while also stopping her from eating normally.
Their last resort was to use radiation to stop her excessive drooling. Dr. Rod Straw says:
"The side-effects for the short-term are virtually zero. What we don't know are the late effects. What we hope is that she does have a rapid improvement, that she'll grow and breed and go back to the environment.
This treatment is very important for Sprinkles. Even though she is an otherwise very healthy little girl, she would not survive in the wild with this sort of condition."
This just breaks our hearts! We're really rooting for you, Sprinkles. Get better, you sweet little thing.
Tags: excessive drooling, koala, radiation, sprinkles