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Koala that clung to car grille is recovering

Timberwolf, the koala who clung to the bottom of a car for more than 88km between Maryborough and Gympie, was lucky to survive but is in the safe hands of Australia Zoo vet nurse Robyn Kriel.
Timberwolf, the koala who clung to the bottom of a car for more than 88km between Maryborough and Gympie, was lucky to survive but is in the safe hands of Australia Zoo vet nurse Robyn Kriel. Ben Beaden

A KOALA that clung to a car all the way to Gympie after being struck by the vehicle just outside of Maryborough is recovering from minor injuries after his miraculous escape.

The koala was spotted hanging onto the car's grille, by a Gympie taxi driver when the family travelling in the vehicle stopped to refuel their car.

The koala was taken to the wildlife hospital at Australia Zoo for treatment.

Luckily, he has only minor injuries, including a torn nail.

Officially named Timberwolf, the koala has also gained the nickname 'Bear Grylls' because of where he was found.

Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital vet Dr Claude Lacasse said he was a very lucky koala.

"It is absolutely amazing that he has such minor injuries and he survived," Dr Lacasse said.

When the marsupial was examined he was also found to have chlamydia, which causes infertility and blindness.

He will remain at Australia Zoo for the next 28 days and staff will then work out the best place to release him back to the wild.

Fun facts

  • Koalas eat eucalypt leaves and almost nothing else
  • Koalas have similar fingerprints to humans
  • Baby koalas are called joeys
  • The closest living relative to a koala is a wombat

Topics:  bear grylls bruce hwy car gympie koala maryborough



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