Search of woman yields baby koala

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

SYD­NEY >> Aus­tralian po­lice have made an un­usual find while searching the bag of a woman who was be­ing ar­rested: a baby koala.

Po­lice in Bris­bane said that when they asked the 50-year-old woman if she had any­thing to de­clare Sun­day night, she handed over a zipped can­vas bag that she said con­tained a baby koala.

The woman, who was ar­rested on “out­stand­ing mat­ters,” said she found the male koala on Satur­day night and had been car­ing for it since.

The woman was taken to a po­lice sta­tion, while the koala — be­lieved to be about 6 months old — was taken to a wildlife hos­pi­tal in good health, though slightly de­hy­drated.

The baby koala weighs about 1.5 kilo­grams (3 pounds) and has been named Al­fred.

“He’s been on flu­ids but is do­ing well and will shortly be go­ing out to a carer,” RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said.

QUEENS­LAND PO­LICE — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

In this photo pro­vided on by the Queens­land Po­lice, Se­nior Con­sta­ble Rio Law holds a koala at the Up­per Mount Gra­vatt Po­lice sta­tion in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia, af­ter it was found in a bag car­ried by a woman who was be­ing ar­rested.

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