Face oddity: ‘David Bowie of koalas’ rescued by Australia Zoo staff

Koalas different coloured eyes an expression of the results of heterochromia, a condition rarely seen in the marsupials

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 Zoos 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 gazing back.

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

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

Bowie the vocalist didnt have heterochromia but his condition, characterised by a permanently dilated left pupil, devoted him the appearance of also having one blue and one brown eye.

Bowies heterochromia doesnt 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.

Shes incredibly unique as heterochromia isnt 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 automobile and is expected to be released back into the wild soon after being treated for a limp.

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