Ruby koala is one of Cleveland’s best known residents.
She lives much of the time in G.J. Walter Park, next to Toondah Harbour where ferries depart for North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah).
Ruby has a little joey which has the unusual name of Eclipse because it was lost and reunited with its mother around the time of a total lunar eclipse.
Both Ruby and Eclipse spent a short time at Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital where they were found to be healthy.
The story of Eclipse being lost, found and reunited with Ruby is told in this short video.
Ruby now has a blue ear tag in her right ear and she is being monitored by researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Ruby koala and her joey in 2020
Last year Ruby was seen often in G.J. Walter Park where she raised a joey.
The Wild Redlands team first spotted Ruby in G.J. Walter Park on 26 April 2020.
Her little joey seemed to be in a hurry to be out of the pouch.
Here’s Ruby resting in G.J. Walter Park on 31 May 2020.
Below are three shots of Ruby climbing a tree in G.j. Walter Park, on 31 May 2020.
In the first two photos you can see that her pouch is full. In the third photo the joey’s paw is sticking out of Ruby’s pouch.
The joey grows up
Over the next few weeks the joey grew big enough to spend more time out of the pouch. The first photo was taken on 21 June 2020 and the second photo is from 19 August 2020.
In August 2020 Redland City Council decided to erect some temporary fencing around the trees in this park which are used by koalas. This was done to help protect the koalas.
First photo below shows location of Ruby and her joey marked with a red circle, after the fence went up. Wooden posts (shown in the second photo) were fixed either side of the fencing to give koalas the option of climbing over the fence.
The temporary fencing was removed a few months later, after the joey had grown up and left home.