Cheeky koala causes chaos on Australian highway

Yahoo News Staff
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A koala has caused traffic chaos on one of South Australia’s busiest roads.

The koala was seen crossing lanes on Adelaide’s South Eastern Freeway at Crafers on Monday about 7am when a man stopped in an attempt to protect it, The Guardian reports.

But while trying to save the marsupial, another car hit his car causing a traffic pile up.

A koala sits on the dashboard of a car.
This cheeky koala caused a few problems when people stopped to save it on a South Australian road. Source: Nadia Tugwell via The Guardian

Nadia Tugwell told The Guardian she was behind the traffic and couldn’t figure out what all the fuss was about until she saw the koala scamper onto a concrete barrier in the middle of the road.

“The koala was just cute … sort of stomping between the cars and the barrier,” she told The Guardian.

“Then I saw a lady running behind it, trying to catch it with a blanket or something.”

Ms Tugwell has worked with wildlife before. The pair managed to wrangle in the koala and put it in Ms Tugwell’s car before calling Adelaide Koala Rescue.

As she waited for rescuers, the koala hopped on her steering wheel.

He was eventually released in bushland one kilometre away from the road.

Koala Rescue Adelaide volunteer Ann Bigham told the ABC the koala is doing well.

"The koala was in really good condition, it was lucky it hadn't been hit at all and thanks to the rescuers it was kept safe," she said.

SA Police Inspector Damien Eichner said one man was hospitalised with a sore neck following the crash.

He urged people not to stop in the middle of the road to rescue animals but to call police for assistance on 131 444.

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