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Koala Hitches A 10-Mile Ride Under A 4×4

Imagine driving around and suddenly hearing the sound of an animal crying and smelling burning fur coming from your vehicle. That’s exactly what happened to a driver in Adelaide, Australia.

A female koala had crawled into the wheel well of a parked car and was inadverdantly taken along for a 10 mile car ride before the driver stopped and heard the cries. The fire brigade was called to take the wheel off while a wildlife rescue worker freed the koala, who was hanging onto the suspension.

Jane Brister from Fauna Rescue said:

“I could smell her burnt fur…It would have been hot in there.”

While the koala was uninjured, she was a lactating mother with a missing joey. Brister searched for the baby but was not successful:

“I searched that night and the next day, and the next, but I never found it.”

After a few days of recovery in captivity, the koala was released back into the wild. Koalas are listed as a “vulnerable” species, and there are fewer than 100,000 left in the wild, perhaps as few as 43,000 according to the Australian Koala Foundation.

Written by Tony Hsieh

Cars, the Buffalo Bills, video games, comics, sandwiches, jelly beans, and the shooting star press; these are the things that Tony loves (in addition to his family, of course). When he's not spending his time writing tech reviews for theslanted.com, Tony puts his lifetime love of muscle cars to use on his 2015 Mustang GT. Tony's top three favorite cars are the 1973 Mustang Mach 1, Ferrari 458, and Aston Martin DBS.

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