Koala goes on 16km ride attached to axle of vehicle

Koala goes on 16km ride attached to axle of vehicle

The female koala had crawled into the wheel arch while the auto was parked in the hills on the outskirts of Adelaide, the state capital of South Australia.

Earlier in the month a driver realised they had a passenger on the wheel well of their auto after driving 16 kilometres through the Adelaide hills.

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If you look closely you can see the koala hiding behind the wheel.

Brister then contacted Metropolitan Fire Service to help remove the vehicles wheel to free the koala.

The rescuers who came to free her from the vehicle wheel said they could smell her burning fur.

While rushing the koala to the vet, Brister discovered she was lactating and likely missing a joey, or infant.

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The koala was dubbed Kelli, after one of the firefighters who rescued her. "And it's absolutely incredible that", Jane Brister, from Fauna Rescue SA, said following the discovery of the koala.

After removing the car's wheel they realised the koala wasn't stuck, just terrified and clinging on for dear life.

"After everything she's been through, she's had so much stress and trauma, to see her just toddle off and up the tree, and now she's found the biggest fork in the tree, she's snuggled up, she's fast asleep", Brister said.

"I searched that night and the next day, and the next, but I never found it", she said.

After being cleaned up and monitored for a week, the koala was released back into the bush.

Rescue workers say it's not unusual for koalas to seek shelter in unusual places.

Koala is considered a "vulnerable" species.

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