Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Koala survives 16km ride on auto axle

Koala survives 16km ride on auto axle

"You think you've seen it all, no, I've never seen anything like that".

Jane Brister, an animal rescue worker from Fauna Rescue, said: '€I could smell her burnt fur.

'I had no way of knowing whether she still had her other limbs'.

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

There's a koala bear in there!

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

"We've had people think they might have hit a koala, really looked around the vehicle and not being able to find it, and then driven off somewhere but eventually hearing noises", Mr Bigham said.

The rescue team removed the car's wheel and realised the koala wasn't stuck, but frozen with fear.

Kelly was spotted peeking out from the underside of the truck when the driver reached his destination
ANDREW DARBY Kelly was spotted peeking out from the underside of the truck when the driver reached his destination

"She's been crying, was very distressed and was in shock for 48 hours".

A happy koala, after the dramatic rescue.

The driver was forced to call the fire brigade to remove the wheels so that a wildlife survivor could then release the unlucky animal.

Sadly, she is a new mother as vets could tell she was lactating so her joey is now without a mother unless the koala can make it back to her young.

"But unfortunately we weren't able to find the baby joey".

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

A koala has been released into the wild in Australia after recovering from a 16km (10-mile) auto journey clinging to the axle of a four-wheel drive.

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