It seems that everyone is trying to get into the Christmas spirit this year – even. An Australian family was in huge surprise this week when they found out that a koala had wandered into their home and climbed into their Christmas tree.
Amanda McCormick wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday, “Well, you see nothing every day.” “We just came home to a real-life koala for our Christmas Tree in our lounge room!”
McCormick posted photos on Facebook of the curious creature looking quite content with his new perch in South Australia’s Coromandel Valley by nesting among tree ornaments.
She told the Post’s comments that the family had left the back door open so that their dog could move in and out in the morning. “The little lady should have just wandered into the house and made herself!” McCormick wrote.
whereas, Nicknamed Daphne, may have been a lovely addition to the tree, the animal certainly could not live there. So McCormick called the volunteer-run koala rescue organization, 1300KOALAZ.
The organization said that when its hotline operator received a call about the holiday, She thought she was doing a prank.
The association’s co-founder D-Herne-Helen said, “Wandering in the homes of Koala people is not a common occurrence, but it does happen from time to time. They live in the entire Adelaide suburbs.” Told CBS News. “We’ve never eaten koalas in the Christmas tree before, definitely the first for us.”
Hearne-Hellon told CBS News that the group’s two volunteer rescuers were able to retrieve the koalas from their festive site in a tree “within minutes”.
McCormick posted a Facebook video of the rescue, which showed volunteers carefully approaching the creature and even giving the animal some pats. “He’s so quiet,” McCormick can be heard saying in the video.
Volunteers placed a towel over the koala and began to move it, causing it to grow. He then carefully lifted the creature out of the tree and into a carrier.
Hearne-Hellon said the female koala, nicknamed Daphne by the family, is about 3 to 4 years old. The small creature was healthy and was immediately left outside a large gum tree in front of the family property.
Hearne-Hellon said cuckoos found in homes should be left alone, “because they can be quite aggressive when a collision occurs.” He suggests that people call a local rescue group for help if they ever encounter a koala in their home.