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Brisbane: Koala named Microsoft is found on the side of the road in Moreton Bay

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A koala who was hit by a car was initially thought to be dead by a passerby before they realised he was still breathing.

The koala, named Microsoft, was found on the side of a road in Kurwongbah in the Moreton Bay region, one hour north of Brisbane, on Friday morning.  

A motorist stopped, thinking Microsoft was dead, but realised he was still alive and placed the marsupial in the back of his ute before calling Moreton Bay Koala Rescue.

A koala named Microsoft (pictured) appeared to be dead when a passerby found him but was actually alive on closer inspection. He was found on the side of a road in Kurwongbah in the Moreton Bay region, one hour north of Brisbane, on Friday morning

A koala named Microsoft (pictured) appeared to be dead when a passerby found him but was actually alive on closer inspection. He was found on the side of a road in Kurwongbah in the Moreton Bay region, one hour north of Brisbane, on Friday morning

The rescue service shared pictures of the injured koala, showing he was bleeding from underneath the chin. 

Another photo showed the koala lying on the side of the road while a third showed him sitting in the back of a car. 

Senior rescuer Mike Fowler said Microsoft suffered a fractured jaw and cut under his jaw from being hit by the car. 

‘Would you believe I’m looking at him right now?’ Mr Fowler told Daily Mail Australia. 

‘He’s got a fractured jaw and a cut under his jaw, so we are going to see how he pans out. 

‘He’s under some pain relief so he’s pretty zonked out right now.’    

Senior rescuer Mike Fowler said Microsoft suffered a fractured jaw and cut under his jaw from being hit by the car. He is currently under pain relief and 'zonked out' as a result

Senior rescuer Mike Fowler said Microsoft suffered a fractured jaw and cut under his jaw from being hit by the car. He is currently under pain relief and ‘zonked out’ as a result 

Mr Fowler said one of their ambulances picked up Microsoft and took him to the RSPCA Wildlife Hospital where he ‘received excellent medical attention’ 

The koala is will now be nursed back to health by Moreton Bay Koala Rescue before he is released back into the wild. 

Mr Fowler said Microsoft was previously named by a rescuer who is a fan of the tech giant.

‘One of our rescuers is a bit of a computer nerd, so he wanted to name him Microsoft but I would’ve preferred Apple,’ Mr Fowler said.   

Moreton Bay Koala Rescue explained koalas often go into shock after a traumatic event, which is why Microsoft appeared dead. 

‘When a koala is subjected to a traumatic event it is not uncommon for them to go into a state of shock which may be mistaken for deceased or a ‘gentle’ koala, this is not the case and they do come back around pretty quick,’ they wrote on Facebook.

‘Even if a koala is suffering severe injuries they can still be extremely dangerous if handled.’   

Microsoft in the back of a car after being rescued. Moreton Bay Koala Rescue advised people not handle koalas and wait for professional help - unless moving them is urgent

Microsoft in the back of a car after being rescued. Moreton Bay Koala Rescue advised people not handle koalas and wait for professional help – unless moving them is urgent 

Microsoft was rescued in an area plagued by koala deaths and car collisions but Moreton Bay Koala Rescue are powerless to relocate him. 

Queensland law mandates koalas must be released within 1km of where they were found under the South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy

A Department of Environment and Science spokeswoman said ‘ideally, the koala is released at or where they were rescued’. 

‘However, if this cannot be facilitated, the koala can be released into prescribed natural habitat within one kilometre of the rescue site,’ she previously told Daily Mail Australia. 

‘Or if this is still not possible, the koala can be released into prescribed natural habitat within five kilometres of the rescue site.

‘If there are not suitable release options within five kilometres, then an application can be made to the department to release the koala outside of prescribed habitat.’ 

An untagged female koala (pictured) was found dead after being hit by a car on Anzac Avenue in Mango Hill, Moreton Bay last year. Moreton Bay Koala Rescue are powerless to relocate koalas as Queensland law prohibits them from doing so

An untagged female koala (pictured) was found dead after being hit by a car on Anzac Avenue in Mango Hill, Moreton Bay last year. Moreton Bay Koala Rescue are powerless to relocate koalas as Queensland law prohibits them from doing so

This post was first published on DailyMail.

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