In their wildlife sanctuary near Sydney, a koala and a butterfly formed an unexpected but endearing connection. While Symbio Wildlife Park was recording the monarch butterfly on a flower, Willow the koala was in the background, but the curious joey came racing over and nuzzled close to it.
Willow is shown nuzzling her new best buddy while it is on the blossom, before it flies onto her nose and remains perched there or on her forehead.
‘Before we realized it, it literally flew onto Willow’s head and stayed there for ages,’ ABC marketing manager Kevin Fallon explained.
‘We just never thought that would happen in a million years, and Willow’s reaction would be hysterical.’
Willow was one of seven koalas at Symbio in Helensburgh, some 45 kilometers south of Sydney, according to Mr Fallon.
She was born about a year ago at the park, and Mr Fallon claimed she was more friendly and independent than other koalas.
‘But she’s an extremely gorgeous little girl who adores people,’ he explained.