Australian Police Find Baby Koala Snuggled In A Backpack
Nothing like an adorable baby koala in a backpack to take your mind off the US presidential election.
This story has plenty of adorableness and kind of an odd twist from the town of Wishart in Queensland, Australia.
That’s where police were conducting what they thought was a routine traffic stop.
NPR reports they asked the woman if she had anything to declare.
That’s when she mentions, uh, yeah, I have a koala in my backpack.
Sure enough, police unzip a dark green backpack only to have a beyond cute fuzzy head pop his head out.
The woman said she found the baby the day before and was taking care of him herself.
The woman was arrested on what police call “other matters,” which left the matter of caring for the koala themselves until they could get him to a proper animal rescue organization.
NPR reports the young koala is thought to be about 6 months old and appears to be healthy, though he was dehydrated.
“He’s been on fluids but is doing well and will shortly be going out to a carer,” Queensland RSPCA spokesperson Michael Beatty said in a statement. “He weighs 1.5 kg [about 3.3 pounds.] and we’ve called him Alfred.”
A koala also happens to be the mascot of the Queensland Police Service. Fun fact: Like baby kangaroos, baby koalas are also called “joeys.”
Alfred is now in good hands with the Royal Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals.