Koala Found Living In Australian Family's Christmas Tree
It's been a rough year for both koalas and humans, so perhaps this is the uplifting sort of content that we all need.
The curious critter managed to sneak into the house owned by the McCormick family in Adelaide, South Australia, where their dog eventually discovered her.
They've named her Daphne, and she was found sitting in the artificial tree surrounded by fairy lights and attempting to eat the plastic branches.
Taylah, 16, told the Guardian: "I think the dog went straight to the Christmas tree and was sniffing around and Mum thought that was a bit weird.
"There was baubles all over the floor... and she looked up and there was a koala in the tree.
"It was pretty tangled up in the lights. It was a fake tree and very old but she still tried eating the leaves off it... I saw her munch down on some but she stopped when she realised it was plastic."
Upon discovering the marsupial, the family immediately called animal control, but had to first convince them that it wasn't a joke.
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Eventually, an animal charity called 1300Koalaz turned up to return Daphne to her natural habitat.
Sharing the rescue on Facebook, they wrote: "At first our call handler thought she was the victim of a prank call.
"But no, a koala desperate to get in the Christmas spirit had wandered into Amanda McCormick's house and decided it wanted to be the fairy on the Christmas tree.
"Amanda was not so sure and rang us for help.
"Thanks Amanda for the great pictures and making sure this little koala got its wish, even if it was just for a short while."
They took Daphne outside the house, where she was released into a nearby area of bushland. The family have said that they'll be keeping a watchful eye out for her in future.
Speaking to the Standard, Dee Hearne-Hellon, co-founder of 1300Koalaz said: "Daphne is fine, I saw her today and she was high in the tree she went up yesterday, totally oblivious to the media storm she has caused.
"We all care for the koalas at home as we prefer to use donations to care for the koalas and regenerate lost habitat."
Featured Image Credit: Facebook/1300Koalaz
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