Waking up to a cat screeching outside your window is pretty typical. Waking up to a koala in your living room is… not. Turns out, that’s exactly what happened to an Australian Gold Coast resident on Monday, Oct. 2. How they’re still alive and breathing, I don’t know, but it’s truly a miracle because I probably would’ve started crying. Moving on.
The koala was straight chillin’ in a Helensvale home when the person living there was woken up in the middle of the night by a “commotion.” They thankfully had the sense to call Wildcare Australia, a wildlife rehabilitation center that specializes in helping displaced animals in dangerous situations back into their habitats.
According to a Facebook post from the company, the koala was safely delivered back to a bushland and everyone went back to bed. Also LOL because who would be able to sleep after that? How it even managed to get into a house is another story. Koalas are infamously inactive animals that sleep for 20 hours a day, eat for three, and “socialize” for the remaining hour. Was this some kind of supersonic koala that learned to open a door? Doubtful. Unless the resident left a window open or the koala crawled in through a doggie door (unlikely, it’s huge), there’s literally no explanation.
Many commenters have pointed out that perhaps the koala was trying to find refuge from developments that have taken over its environment, which is sad because how would you like it if someone came and destroyed your house? Probs not very much. To read more about koala habitat preservation, click here. And by all means, if a koala somehow enters your house… call the police. Don’t try to interact with it, because as cute and fluffy as it looks, it's still a wild animal.
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