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A BRAVE KOALA has sur­vived a 16km jour­ney hid­ing in a wheel arch, suf­fer­ing only mi­nor scratches.

The driver of the ve­hi­cle was un­aware of the ex­tra pas­sen­ger un­til they ar­rived at their des­ti­na­tion in the out­skirts of Adelaide and he heard some un­usual cries.

Af­ter see­ing the koala in the wheel arch, he im­me­di­ately called an­i­mal res­cuers, who re­moved the wheel and even­tu­ally ex­tri­cated the fright­ened but very lucky an­i­mal.

“You think you’ve seen it all. No, I’ve never seen any­thing like that and it’s ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble,” said Fauna Res­cue worker Jane Bris­ter.

The koala suf­fered su­per­fi­cial in­juries and was cov­ered in grease from un­der the car.

“She was cry­ing a lit­tle bit, she was a lit­tle bit shaken, she was cer­tainly in shock but I rushed her straight to the vet,” Bris­ter said.

The koala was dubbed Kelli, af­ter one of the fire­fight­ers who res­cued her.

Af­ter be­ing cleaned up and mon­i­tored for a week, ‘Kelli’ was re­leased back into the bush on Satur­day.

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