Most Adorable Animal Pic Ever? Baby Koala Won’t Let Go During Mom’s Surgery

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Photo Credit: Ben Beaden, Australia Zoo Wildlife, via Star Tribune

Photos of a six-month old baby koala clinging to his mom during her life-saving surgery in Australia have been taking the Internet by storm.

After Phantom and his mom, Lizzie, were hit by a car on the Warrego Highway west of Brisbane, the pair was rushed to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. Although baby Phantom was unhurt, Lizzy had to be treated for trauma and a collapsed lung, according to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Facebook page.

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Photo Credit: Ben Beaden, Australia Zoo Wildlife via Today

Because of Phantom’s young age, and weighing in at just a little under one pound, he was considered too young to leave his mom’s side, so he was allowed to stay with her during her exams and surgery, providing mom with support as he clung tightly. As a result, fans worldwide have been treated with some of the most adorable animal pics ever.

The good news is that the zoo posted this update recently on its Instagram account: “Lizzy is now recovering well under the expert care of the vet team and getting some serious TLC from 6-month-old Phantom, who is too young to leave her side.”

The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital has treated more than 58,000 native Australian wildlife patients to date, Phantom and Lizzy are just two who have been given a second chance.”