Curious koala walks into dog shelter
A CURIOUS koala has crawled into a building full of stray barking dogs and survived.
Animal Welfare League rehoming attendant Jake Murray said he was gobsmacked when a koala casually walked past him at the Coombabah shelter last week.
"I was writing something down when I saw something in the corner of my eye, at first I thought it was a small dog," he said.
"But then when I looked I went 'oh it's a koala'.
"(The koala) looked at me and just kept walking, he kept on plodding along and then went into one of the empty dog kennels."
Mr Murray radioed the team.
"I told them there was a koala in quarantine room 4," he said.
"They were like 'oh my god, lets try and get it out'.
But before shooing the koala out of the shelter, Mr Murray wanted to get a photo.
"I squatted down by the dog bed and he came and sat right in front of me and was looking straight at me, right in front of me," he said.
"He was ever so close.
"He was less than an arm's length away. I was looking at the screen and at the koala, I couldn't believe a koala could be so tame."
The Animal Welfare League team used blankets to chaperone the koala back out of the building where it then walked off to find a big gum tree.
"When we got outside I thought I was filming the entire time but then realised the timer wasn't running on the phone," Mr Murray said.
"I was like 'oh no I missed the entire thing'.
"Everyone had a great laugh because I wasn't filming."
Despite the error, Mr Murray said it was a great day and a wonderful experience.
"I have seen koalas from time to time in the gum trees but I have never had a wild one so friendly and close," he said.
"It was a very surreal and almost spiritual event."