A Facebook account has just posted a clip of a koala hiding on a Christmas tree, receiving a lot of attention from the online community. Most people think this koala is too cute and like a Christmas present for their family.
When an Australian family arrived home on Wednesday night, they were greeted by an unexpected visitor hide in the branches of a plastic Christmas tree amid the sparkling ornaments and fairy lights: a small, perplexed koala.
Before spotting the adorable marsupial bauble sitting motionless halfway up the tree, Amanda McCormick and her family found their dog sniffing around the tree and ornaments scattered across the floor when they returned to their Adelaide home.
“Well, that’s something you don’t see every day,” Ms. McCormick wrote on Facebook. “We just came home to a real life koala up our Xmas tree in our lounge room!”
It appears that the animal entered their home and found the closest replica of its natural habitat there.
The 16-year-old Taylah McCormick was the last person to leave the house and left the back door open for the dog.
Ms. McCormick said: “We left the back door open for the dog to get in and out this morning. Taylah was home. Little lady must have just wandered in and made herself at home!”
The koala was given the name Daphne by the family.
Ms. McCormick added in another post, “My new mate, Daphne! The new hashtag “#KoalaUpAChristmasTree” was created when someone wrote, “Wish I could keep her.” But what should one do in the event that a #KoalaUpAChristmasTree occurs in real life?
The McCormicks did the right thing by recording the incident, then contacting a koala rescue organization.
The nonprofit Adelaide and Hills Koala Rescue wrote on their page: “This evening our hotline operator took a call. She initially believed she had received 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.”
The organization sent round two of its representatives to remove the additional advent intruder from its plastic perch after being persuaded that the call was legitimate.
“She’s so sweet, you’re so lucky,” the charity workers can be heard telling Ms. McCormick in one of her videos documenting the rescue as they comfort and pet the animal before wrapping it in a towel and starting to remove it from the tree.
The koala reacts badly to its removal and lets out a barrage of grunting growls before biting the person who is removing her from the tree. Next, a cage is used to contain it. The animal was promptly released close by.
One of Ms. McCormack’s friends commented on her Facebook post with the phrase “Straya mate,” which appears to explain the incident.