It’s been a happy ending for a inquisitive little creature which lost is way and found himself trapped in suburbia.
“It was about 9pm on Saturday night (November 3) when my wife Brigitte hear a bang on our front door,” Heath McGuire said.
“She went to have a look and started screaming.”
Hanging and clinging on the front screen door of the McGuire’s Tuncurry home was a large, male koala.
“I just couldn’t believe it,” Heath said.
Heath was surprised when he rescued the frightened and confused marsupial that it didn’t fight back.
“I took him from the door, then gave him a cuddle and drink.”
He described the much loved animal as soft and furry and said it smelled like Eucalyptus.
In the hour it took for the Koala Care Rescue team to travel from Taree, Heath and his new best friend sat and bonded.
“He never tried to scratch me, or try to escape.”
An amazing experience, considering Koalas are wild animals, so like all wild animals they are not friendly and are known for their sharp claws and ability to urinate over dignitaries.
Heath wondered if the koala become disorientated during Saturday’s searing heat while searching for water, or was on the hunt for a female.
“It has been an unbelievable experience; it was a shock more than anything to see him in town.”
Following a health check, he was successfully released back into the wild on Monday afternoon by Koala Care Rescue.
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