Sunday, 15 July, 2018

Koala survives 16km drive trapped under 4-wheeler

Kelli the koala held on tight over a 16km car ride Kelli the koala held on tight over a 16km car ride
Melinda Barton | 17 September, 2017, 15:57

Last weekend the female marsupial found herself hugging the wheel well on a long and winding road through the Adelaide Hills.

'Upon arrival I was aware of the smell of burnt fur which added to the trauma of the situation'.

"You think you've seen it all. I could only see the top of her head and a paw".

Ms Brister has rescued more than 200 koalas and said 80% of the rescues are fatal, making Kelly's survival even more remarkable.

He referred to the case of so called "Bear Grylls", an Adelaide Hills koala that survived being hit by a auto going 100km/h.

It was not until he stopped that he heard crying under the auto and called the Koala Rescue Hotline.

"She was hanging on very, very tight", she continued.

"Once we got the wheel off she was very frightened".

A happy koala, after the dramatic rescue.

Realising they were not "koalaified" to remove the marsupial from the vehicle, they called Fauna Rescue of South Australia's Koala for help.

"After everything she's been through, she's had so much stress and trauma, to see her just toddle off and up the tree, and now she's found the biggest fork in the tree, she's snuggled up, she's fast asleep", Brister said.

Once she released her grip Ms Brister said she had superficial wounds however was covered in oil and grease.

Ms Brister went back to the site and searched for the joey for two days but to no avail.

A koala in Australia survived a lengthy trip while clinging to the axle of a four-wheel drive vehicle.

Sadly the joey had not been recovered.