Police find baby koala in arrested woman's bag in Australia

Woman said she'd found the koala the day before and was caring for it

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Police find baby koala in arrested woman's bag in Australia



A super-cute baby koala was found in a woman's bag after she was arrested in Queensland, Australia.

Police were shocked to find the adorable animal in the woman's green canvas bag after they arrested her in relation to other "outstanding matters".

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Explaining what happened, the Queensland Police Service shared a post on Facebook that read: "There are many firsts in our job and last night was one of those for officers from the Upper Mount Gravatt Tactical Crime Squad.

"Around 8.55pm a police patrol stopped and spoke to a woman on Newnham Road, Wishart.

"The 50-year-old East Brisbane woman was subsequently arrested on outstanding matters and prior to being transported to the watch house was asked if she had anything to declare.

"The woman handed over a zipped green canvas bag telling officers it contained a baby koala.

"Not quite believing their ears the officers cautiously un-zipped the bag and found this gorgeous boy."

Police find baby koala in arrested woman's bag in Australia

Police are looking into claims by the woman that she found the joey the preceding night on Kessels Road, Nathan and was caring for it.

The RSPCA Ambulance was called and attended the Brisbane City Watch house to collect the joey - who is protected under the Nature Conservation Act.

The koala, believed to be about six months old, seemed to be in good health, although a bit dehydrated.

Police find baby koala in arrested woman's bag in Australia


"He's been on fluids but is doing well and will shortly be going out to a carer," said RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty.

"He weighs 1.5 kg and we've called him Alfred."

However, just in case you ever visit and find yourself coming across a koala, the RSPCA urged anyone who finds a koala not to attempt to handle it.

They said: "Please call our animal emergency hotline on 1300 ANIMAL. Often the animal may have no obvious signs of injury but it can have internal injuries that need immediate attention."

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