Koala sur­vives 16-km ride on car axle

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SYD­NEY: A koala sur­vived a 16kilo­me­tre road trip in Aus­tralia cling­ing to the axle of a four-wheel-drive ve­hi­cle, be­fore the driver stopped and heard the cries of the trau­ma­tised an­i­mal.

The fe­male koala had crawled into the wheel arch while the car was parked in the hills on the out­skirts of Ade­laide, the state cap­i­tal of South Aus­tralia. The fire bri­gade was even­tu­ally called to take the wheel off in or­der to help a wildlife res­cue worker free the an­i­mal.

“I could smell her burnt fur,” Jane Bris­ter, from Fauna Res­cue, said on Satur­day. “It would have been hot in there.”

Sadly, al­though the koala was un­in­jured, Bris­ter said the an­i­mal was a lac­tat­ing mother, which meant her joey — the term for in­fant mar­su­pi­als — was miss­ing. Af­ter a cou­ple of days of feed­ing in cap­tiv­ity, Bris­ter re­leased the koala back into the wild.

The koala was res­cued and re­leased into the wild

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