Terrified koala in gruelling grill trip

A koala that was struck by a taxi near Maryborough was later discovered clinging to the car’s grille at a service station almost 90 kilometres away.

Local vet Geoff Collyer was called to the scene after the taxi driver and his passengers stopped for petrol in Gympie and noticed the animal.

The frightened marsupial was attempting to wander back towards the motorway before Collyer arrived and relaxed the koala by wrapping him in a sheet.

The koala, now known as Timberwolf, was taken to Australia Zoo to recover, and is expected to remain there for a few weeks before he is returned to Maryborough.

An update on the zoo’s facebook page said the koala is a juvenile and is “relatively unscathed” with only minor injuries.

SAM WORRAD

 

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