Imagine living in Australia with your dogs and then one morning you see a cute unexpected tiny guest in your porch snuggling cozily with one of your dogs. And what if I say that your unexpected guest was an adorable baby koala? I’m pretty sure you’d be totally psyched, right? That’s actually what happened to Kerry McKinnon and her husband in Strathdownie, Western Victoria. One of their dogs, Asha, a golden retriever surprised them one morning with a baby koala snuggled on top of her in their porch.
“It was quite early in the morning, and my husband yelled out to me to come have a look at something,I didn’t know what he was talking about at first but then I saw this tiny koala snuggled on top of Asha.”
“I just burst out laughing. Poor Asha didn’t know what to think, she just kept looking at me with such a confused look.”
“She looked a bit guilty when I came out to see what was going on. Her expression was hilarious.”
“She kept looking back at the koala but she wasn’t trying to get him off her or anything. She was happy to let him snuggle into her.”
How the baby koala ended up to Asha will remain unknown. The most logical explanation is that the creature got separated from her mom.
“I think the baby koala fell out of his mum’s pouch and didn’t know what to do. He would have just wandered over to our back porch and seen the dogs in their beds, then decided to snuggle in Asha’s fur because it’s nice and warm.”
“Asha definitely saved the koala’s life by keeping him warm. He would have died out there if left alone all night. The poor thing could have been taken by a fox or something too.”
Kerry also said that “wasn’t easy” separating the two, as the koala put up a “huge fuss” when she tried to remove it from Asha’s back.
The joey was checked out by the local vet and was then taken by a local koala carer. It will be released back in the wild when it’s ready and old enough.
“I think dogs have that protective instinct. The koala didn’t want to leave Asha’s back. When we took the koala off to wrap it in a blanket, it hissed at me and carried on.”
“I think it would have been happy to have just slept there all day. It was really an amazing thing to see and so uniquely Australian.”