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The David Bowie of koalas has been found in Queensland and like the late superstar, her mismatched eyes have left fans mesmerised.

Staff from Australia Zoo’s rescue unit picked up the injured koala near a roadside north of Brisbane last month and when they peered into her eyes were surprised to find a blue one and a brown one staring back.

Carers have dubbed her Bowie, a nod to the late superstar whose unique eyes were one of his defining features.

In Bowie the koala’s case, her different coloured eyes are the result of heterochromia, a condition very rarely seen in koalas.

Bowie the singer didn’t have heterochromia, but his condition, characterised by a permanently dilated left pupil, gave him the appearance of also having one blue and one brown eye.


When the koala is released soon, it’s possible she could pass on her genetic condition to her offspring.

“Bowie’s heterochromia doesn’t affect how she sees the world around her, in fact her eyesight is great, exactly what we like to see in a young koala,” treating vet Sharon Griffiths says.

“She’s incredibly unique as heterochromia isn’t a common occurrence in koalas; its more often found in domestic mammal species such as dogs and cats.”

Bowie escaped any major injuries after apparently being hit by a car. It’s hoped she’ll be given her ticket back to the wild very soon after being treated for a slight limp.


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