Koala sur­vives 16km trapped un­der four-wheel drive car

Fire bri­gade helps res­cue trau­ma­tised an­i­mal

Gulf News - - Australia/ Africa -

Akoala sur­vived a 16km (10-mile) 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 out­side Ade­laide.

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, told Reuters in a phone in­ter­view yes­ter­day. “It would 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.

“I searched that night and the next day, and the next, but I never found it,” she said. After a cou­ple of days of feed­ing in cap­tiv­ity, Bris­ter re­leased the koala back into the wild.

Koalas, of­ten in­ac­cu­rately de­scribed as “bears”, are mar­su­pi­als, an or­der of mam­mals whose young are suck­led in a pouch. have

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