Good job Noordenzuid
You should be impressed with yourself!
I would like to share my little story from tonight.
I was driving to the shopping centre. The car was low on petrol, and occasionally overheating. I was going to drive one way, but randomly drove a different way on a main road.
I saw the car in the lane next to me suddenly brake, and then a Koala was on the road, and then he was right in front of my car.
I came to a full stop and put my hazard lights on. He was still in front of my car, I got out and he started galloping (it looks like they're galloping when they run) accross to the on-coming traffic. My heart stopped as a four-wheel-drive came towards him.
Nothing I could do. It hit him. It looked like it ran over his head - but not quite - and the fucking bastard just kept driving (I know he saw it!). The Koala was stumbling around. More traffic was coming.
I was wearing a long jacket trenchcoat, the closest thing I have to an expensive coat. I took it off and scooped him off the road.
Feisty bugger came too and didn't want a part of it. I can't imagine how scared he was. I got to the kerb and he slipped out of the jacket and was stumbling around in a dazed state. He was off the road but I couldn't leave him there.
Behind us was full residential area and a main road. Infront was one row of houses, a car park and then the train line. Although he seemed almost unhurt, if I had let him up the closest tree, he would have had to navigate through suburban streets or accross the main road or train line to find a suitable habitat - and his chances would have been slim. There was nowhere safe for him to go from where we were.
Although Koalas are pictured as cute and cuddly, they can be vicious and have really sharp claws and strong jaws. They also sound like pigs (I think).
There I was fumbling with a freaked out koala in my 3 inch heels and a tight denim skirt. I was so scared that he'd break away and dash back onto the road.
Funny that nobody stopped to help, except one guy, who was driving into his driveway just infront of me. Good on you Mark, I wouldn't have been able to get the little guy out of there without your help (poor Mark came away with a bite on his hand too!).
Mark held the Koala so I could drive my car into his driveway, and he brought the Koala to outside his garage. We discussed the situation for a bit. The Koala seemed very active now. There was no blood and he was very keen to go.
Once you catch and calm a Koala they're quite ok for you to pat their soft little heads, which I got to do, and his heart beat was a little calmer. He was looking around, with his little arms sticking out, trying to make a break for it every now and then. But I got to pat his furry little head.
I called my partner as his mum's a vet nurse and they've helped a lot of Koalas. He said that if the Koala seemed fine that I should relocate him, as that's what a vet surgery would do anyway. Checking him in the light there was no blood, no blood from his mouth or anything to show internal injury, and he seemed completely fine now. Lucky little guy.
I held the Koala as Mark got a big box and taped it up for me. We put the Koala in the box, I thanked Mark, and then drove to find a habitat. We're almost out in the sticks where I am, and I drove just far enough to where the rural meets the bushland. Climbing up the trench at the side of the road (still in my heels, girls) I took the box up, and opened it. He stuck his head out, and then he RAN like lighting! Up a tree he went.
The car had started overheating a bit, and smoke was coming out. Petrol was really low, but I made it to the service station, and then to the shopping centre to buy some fishing rods.
It was really nice to help this little guy find the bush again. On a note me and my partner caught and relocated another Koala about a year ago only 800m from that spot. This Koala was stuck on the bridge crossing the train line, and was very lucky.