STRANGE BUT TRUE
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.