Australian police find baby koala while searching woman’s bag

Australian police made one of their more unusual finds when they uncovered a baby koala hidden in the bag of a woman they stopped in the street. Picture: AFP PHOTO AND QUEENSLAND POLICE
Australian police made one of their more unusual finds when they uncovered a baby koala hidden in the bag of a woman they stopped in the street. Picture: AFP PHOTO AND QUEENSLAND POLICE
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Australian police found a baby koala while searching the bag of a woman who was being arrested.

Police in Brisbane said that when they asked the 50-year-old woman if she had anything to declare on Sunday night, she handed over a zipped canvas bag that she said contained a baby koala.

A koala peeks out form the top of a bag at the Upper Mount Gravatt Police station in Brisbane, Australia. (Queensland Police via AP)

A koala peeks out form the top of a bag at the Upper Mount Gravatt Police station in Brisbane, Australia. (Queensland Police via AP)

The woman, who was arrested on “outstanding matters”, said she found the male koala on Saturday night and had been caring for it since.

The woman was taken to a police station, while the koala - believed to be about six months old - was taken to a wildlife hospital in good health, though slightly dehydrated.

The baby koala weighs about 1.5 kilograms and has been named Alfred.

Senior Constable Rio Law holds a koala at the Upper Mount Gravatt Police station in Brisbane, Australia. (Queensland Police via AP)

Senior Constable Rio Law holds a koala at the Upper Mount Gravatt Police station in Brisbane, Australia. (Queensland Police via AP)