Romane Cristescu from Wildcare Straddie gives fresh water to Ziggy the koala.
ZIGGY was supposed to be one of the success stories of the North Stradbroke Island bushfires, having made it through the blaze unscathed using natural instinct.
Instead, just days after the fire was declared out, the koala was euthanized after he was attacked by domestic dogs near Dunwich.
The island’s wildlife carers and traditional owners are using Ziggy’s story to highlight the ongoing threat introduced species pose to native fauna on Stradbroke.
Ziggy was discovered following a survey of the island in the wake of the bushfires.
He had survived the bushfires by moving to higher ground and was given water and food.
However, the koala was then attacked by two domestic dogs which had been illegally left to wander the streets without restraints.
Wildcare Straddie spokesman Greg Grimmett said uncontrolled domestic dogs caused “a significant number” of wildlife injuries.
“We get too many animals that are torn to bits because of dogs – a bit of common sense would go a long way,” he said.
“People particularly should keep in mind that off-leash areas do not mean people do not have to have their dogs under control.”
Redland City Council animal management officers will have an increased presence on Stradbroke during the recovery phase after the bushfires, with a $220 fine for anyone with an off-leash dog outside designated areas.
Division 2 Cr Craig Ogilvie asked pet owners on the island to consider the welfare of native animals after the large loss of habitat.
“This is nothing more than what’s required by law but it’s even more crucial right now because a lot of wildlife has moved to new habitat and is highly vulnerable to attack,” he said.
Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation chief executive Cameron Costello urged people to care for both flora and fauna on the island.
“We encourage people to come and holiday, to enjoy our beaches and everything else we have to offer, but also to be mindful that we are in recovery mode,” he said.
Anyone who sees injured wildlife on the island can contact 0407 766 052.
Ziggy the koala feeds after the North Stradbroke Island bushfires