updated 08/10/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 08/10/2011 AT 9:35 AM ET
Waking up to a trail of drool on the cheek is unpleasant for anyone, but for one koala in Australia, saliva was endangering her life.
After suffering from the very rare condition sialosis, or excessive drooling, 2-year-old Sprinkles developed a skin infection. According to the Australian Associated Press, the excess moisture from her mouth kept the infection from healing properly. She couldn’t eat normally, was losing weight and needed a serious intervention.