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Koala Hitches A Ride Behind 4WD's Tyre

A driver of a 4WD in the Adelaide Hills had the shock of their lives when they discovered a koala had made a 16km trip riding inside their vehicles tyre arch.

Motorists had tried to flag the driver down, but as he couldn’t find anything wrong with his car, he continued driving.

But after hearing her crying from under the vehicle, he called the koala hotline to help out his newfound hitchhiker.

Fauna Rescue SA worker Jane Brister said: "It wasn’t until he was getting out of his car that he realised. She was stuck in there, I tried to get her out but she was really wedged in there tight and hanging on for dear life."

Eventually the Metropolitan Fire Service removed the wheel to get to the koala, who incredibly only had minor injuries.

After being named Kelli, after one of her MFS rescuers, sadly the Fauna Rescue service discovered that Kelli had had a joey, but it was nowhere to be found.

Brister told the Adelaide Advertiser: "She had been feeding recently and when they have a bigger back riding joey they leave little knots, they knot up all the fur on their mum’s back from holding on and she had that on her back. I was out searching for the joey for two days but I wasn’t able to find it."

Fortunately Kelli recovered from her unexpected journey after a few days in vet care, and was last seen sleeping in the fork of a tree.

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