Live Koala Found In Woman's Bag During Her Arrest At A Police Station
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In one of the weirdest stories we've heard in a while, Queenstown police accidentally rescued a baby koala last week from a pretty bizarre situation.
A 50 year old woman was found to be hiding a koala joey in her bag recently, when she was arrested by Queenstown police for unrelated reasons.
The woman, who is originally from Brisbane, openly admitted to having a koala on her person to the disbelieving police, upon her arrest.
“Not quite believing their ears, the officers cautiously unzipped the bag and found this gorgeous boy," an official media statement about the event reads.
The small koala discovered inside was apparently shocked but in no obvious discomfort or peril.
“There are many firsts in our job and last night was one of those for officers from the Upper Mount Gravatt tactical crime squad."
The woman says she picked the Koala up on the side of the road, but has seemingly given no reason as for why she decided to do this.
Koalas are protected under Queensland’s Nature Conservation Act and cannot be held as pets, so the woman could have been in some great bother.
As the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection gives members of the public 72 hours to hand in wildlife species they find, she got off scot free for her secret friend.
The police say that the koala (now named Alfred) has no obvious injuries, but is to be checked for internal issues before being sent to a carer and then released back into the outback.
The woman has been warned against picking up any other fluffy creatures on her everyday travels.