Wally the Koala had a problem. He lived with “small dog who eats faces of stuffed animals”! So Wally had lost his eyes and his nose.
Actually, not too bad. His fur was in place, just the plastic eyes and plastic flocked nose were missing. Usually, I would custom paint and install new eyes (they were a bluish gray) and give him a new nose. But Wally had a flocked (velvety) koala nose, which is very difficult to find aftermarket. So, his person’s dad sent him with a donor:
They didn’t want the donor back, just the eyes and nose transferred to Wally. Here’s Wally all better:
But look back at that second photo a second. Look how cute and fluffy the donor was… I couldn’t just discard him, or leave him blind and scentless! So I gave him new brown eyes, and a new koala nose like my potbelly koala has, and now he’s happily living with Teddy and the other sample animals in the hospital, an inspirational post surgery story for incoming patients:
Oh, and btw, Wally flew home to GA where his family wrote “He looks great!”