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Koala gets behind wheel of car after being rescued from Australian freeway

Guardian, 08 Feb 2021
A koala crossing one of South Australia’s busiest freeways led to a six-car collision as drivers abandoned their vehicles to mount a rescue of the “calm” marsupial. Nadia Tugwell joined those trying to help the animal on Adelaide’s South Eastern Freeway near Crafers on Monday morning. 'When it saw me it instantly turned around to run backwards but the other lady was there and so we jumped it, bundled it up, and it ended up in my car because she had children,' Tugwell said.

While she waited for a koala centre rescuer to arrive, it made itself at home in her car, including on the steering wheel. The volunteer released the uninjured koala back into the wild 1 km from the freeway

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