Koala Hitches A Ride
August 23 | Hmmm...No Comments Yet
I’m not quite sure what it is that so impresses us about going from point A to point B, especially when point B turns out to be the veterinarian’s office.
Maybe it’s the feeling of flying throw space, or it could be that we enjoy getting somewhere without using our own power, or quite simply it could just be that we like wiping our asses on car seats.
Whatever the motivation, the call for “Wanna go for a ride” sets many a dog-heart aflutter across the world. Nay, across the universe!
So why is it that every cat I’ve ever known doesn’t care for taking a ride in an automobile? My sisters Moose and Mothball abhor the interior of the family SUV, vocally demanding to be let out the instant the last door closes.
Is this true of all animals? I suspect for koalas it is. Just read this story to find out why.
The vehicle struck the fully grown male koala near Narrawong after leaving the town of Portland, about 360km west of Melbourne, in late March.
The driver, who was travelling at about 80km/h, hit the brakes before collecting the animal with his Ford Falcon on the Princes Highway.
Assuming the animal was dead, he was stunned to find the koala very much alive and wedged in the car’s front grill.
The shocked marsupial was trapped just under the licence plate with its front paws and head hanging out the front of the vehicle.
The driver phoned Portland’s after-hours veterinary service before driving 15 cautious kilometres at low speed back into town.
Local veterinarian Lisia Sturm was astounded to find the animal had survived without a scratch.
“It looked quite surprised — if koalas can look surprised,” Dr Sturm told ninemsn.
“It had its bum wedged right in there meaning it couldn’t get out.
“But he was a big boy and looked really healthy. He didn’t have any injuries at all — not even a graze.”
The koala was cut from the grill with bolt cutters.
It was kept under observation for the rest of the day before being released back into its prior habitat later that afternoon.
Dr Sturm said the koala’s amazing escape showed it was important for drivers to stop and examine an animal following an accident before seeking veterinarian treatment.
That’s typical of koalas. They’re notorious for not wanting to pay for using public transportation.