While walking one morning with Bella past our local off-leash dog park, I noticed an animal running through the bush ahead of us.
It was a koala! How exciting. Yes, even we Australians get excited to see a Koala!
But then the excitement turned to alarm as I realised this koala was running around a dog park. Next to cars, dogs are the biggest killer of koalas.
The predicament this aussie icon had found himself in was compounded by the fact this park was surrounded by houses (most with dogs behind those fences) and roads. What to do?
I called Koala Rescue Queensland to ask. Twin brothers, Murray and Ray, are the biggest advocates for saving our koalas you will find. They donate their own time and pay for much of the expenses from their own pocket. All to help save koalas. I couldn’t help but be swept up in their enthusiasm and passion for caring for these beautiful animals.
But, what happened you ask? He (the koala) was relocated not far from where he was first found to an area away from speeding cars and barking dogs where gum trees were plentiful.
And yes, I took my camera along with me too!
PS. I think I heard this big guy a couple of days later in some bush nearby, but have not heard or seen him again since. When I think of him, I picture him sitting happily in a tree munching on his favourite gum leaves!