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Thread: Koala gets trapped in car's grill - and lives

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    Elite Member Honey's Avatar
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    Default Koala gets trapped in car's grill - and lives

    Koalas are famously chilled, laid-back creatures who don't like a lot of excitement.
    So imagine the shock this little critter suffered after it was hit by a car in Australia and got stuck in the front grille.
    The vehicle struck the fully grown male koala near Narrawong in Victoria's south west after leaving the town of Portland, west of Melbourne.
    The driver, who was travelling at about 50mph, hit the brakes after striking the animal with his Ford Falcon on the Princes Highway.

    Get me out, sport! The koala can be seen wedged into the grill of the car after it was struck at 50mph

    Seriously, this is not comfortable: The koala survived without a scratch

    Assuming the animal was dead, he was stunned to find the koala very much alive and wedged in the car's front grille.
    The shocked marsupial was trapped just under the licence plate with its front paws and head hanging out the front of the vehicle.
    The driver phoned Portland's after-hours veterinary service before driving nine cautious miles at low speed back into town.
    Local veterinarian Lisia Sturm was astounded to find the animal had survived without a scratch.
    'It looked quite surprised - if koalas can look surprised,' Dr Sturm told ninemsn.
    'It had its bum wedged right in there meaning it couldn't get out.
    'But he was a big boy and looked really healthy. He didn't have any injuries at all not even a graze.'
    The koala was cut from the grille with bolt cutters.
    It was kept under observation for the rest of the day before being released back into its prior habitat later that afternoon.
    Dr Sturm said the koala's amazing escape showed it was important for drivers to stop and examine an animal following an accident before seeking veterinarian treatment.

    Read more: Ko-walloped! The koala bear who cheated death after he was struck by a car at 50mph... and got his bum stuck in the grill | Mail Online

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    Tough little buggers.
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    I know its not funny but I chuckled because of how bizarre that looks. That really is quite amazing that the poor little bugger wasn't hurt. I hope he found a nice comfy tree to retire in for the next week or two.
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    Aww...poor little thing!
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    Amazing. I would have been crying and freaking out over this. A pheasant flew into my car once and I felt bad for so long.

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    poor thing.

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    Poor guy. Getting stuck in the grill was most likely what saved his life. If he hadn't been stuck he would have most likely been dragged beneath the car and crushed.

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