In the early stages of a baby koala's life, it's important for the little guys to stay close to their mother's side. The marsupial pouches make it easy for moms to keep a close eye on their kiddos for about six to seven months, and they don't stray far from each other until the joey has matured to the separation stage at about 18 months.
The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, a facility founded by the late Steve Irwin and his wife Terri, witnessed just how strong that bond is when mama koala Lizzy was brought to their facility after being struck by a car on the Warrego Highway in southern Queensland, Australia.
Thankfully, her six-month-old son Phantom was uninjured, but Lizzy sustained facial trauma and collapsed lungs.
She had some extra help for her recovery, though: Phantom refused to leave her side, cuddling up to her neck while doctors worked their lifesaving magic for the clearly loved mom.
Watch the clip to hear more about their special bond and see how well Lizzy is doing now:video-player-present
Thank goodness she pulled through like a champ and this little cutie doesn't have to worry. You can find more information on the amazing zoo and hospital on their website and even help save more adorable animals like Lizzy by making a donation.