Update on our famous furry adventurer
WILDLIFE rescuer Neale Ambler had some good news to share about the South Burnett's famous furry adventurer who refused to move during recent rescue attempts.
"I got a phone call about 5.15am Tuesday morning from the RSPCA saying he was up in a small tree at the Aldi store in Youngman St, Kingaroy," he said.
"It was a lot simpler rescue than the attempt the night before."
The travelling koala received widespread attention on Monday after a Kingaroy resident recorded the koala walking down the footpath past Kingaroy Shoppingworld on Kingaroy St.
She watched him until he safely climbed a tree and then Mr Ambler was contacted.
Mr Ambler said he was glad to get the call from the RSPCA as he wasn't able to get him out of the tree the night before.
Mr Ambler contacted Toogoolawah wildlife rescue group ARROW, which transferred him to the RSPCA in Brisbane.
"He is with the RSPCA at the moment," he said.
"He is in good hands."
The koala catcher said the furry Kingaroy traveller was out for breeding season.
"He would've been chasing some food or a mate," he said
"Or his habitat has been disturbed or ruined."
Mr Ambler said he enjoys when he is able to help a koala back to health just like one he recently assisted in Bell.
"I got a call about a koala who had been stomped on by cattle. The Arrow people took him to the RSPCA in Brisbane," he said.
"They phoned me later on to come and release him back into the area because he had recovered and was in good health."
The wildlife rescuer said if you see a sick or injured koala don't try to pick it up.
"They are too dangerous and it may harm them further if you pick them up," he said.
"Put a laundry basket over them and call RSPCA."