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This is the moment Phantom, a 6-month-old baby koala, remained at his mother’s side after life-saving surgery.

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After being struck by a vehicle in Australia, Lizzy, a mother koala, collapsed lung and facial damage.

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Fortunately, Phantom was unhurt, and since he was so young, the staff decided to leave him with his mother.

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Phantom sat on his mother’s neck, constantly cuddling her, and it seemed that his embraces worked.

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“Phantom is with Lizzy during her procedures and check-ups to ensure neither mom nor bub gets stressed out,” hospital staff told the ABC.

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“During weighing, Phantom wears a ‘pouch’ to keep him safe and secure while he’s away from mom.”

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