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Brisbane Police Find Baby Koala in Woman's Bag During Traffic Stop

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South Brisbane Police

Call him a criminal marsupial-mind. Or wait, a “career koala-imal.” (I swear, I really tried to come up with something good for this.)

South Brisbane Police
South Brisbane Police
Police in a suburb of Brisbane, Australia, pulled over a 50-year-old woman Monday night in a routine traffic stop. When she was asked if she had anything to declare, she pulled out a green canvas bag and told the officers there was a baby koala inside.

South Brisbane Police
South Brisbane Police

“Not quite believing their ears the officers cautiously unzipped the bag and found this gorgeous boy,” the Queensland Police Service wrote in a statement revealing the little guy’s story.

South Brisbane Police
South Brisbane Police

The woman — who was ultimately arrested for “outstanding matters,” which sounds like one of those quintessential Australian understated neologisms — told the officers she’d found the little guy the night before and took him in to take care of him.

South Brisbane Police
South Brisbane Police

Police took the six-month-old, 3 1/2-pound koala to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, where they discovered he was in decent shape for being discovered in the wild and placed in a bag — just a little dehydrated — and christened him Alfred.

South Brisbane Police
South Brisbane Police

“He’s been on fluids but is doing well and will shortly be going out to a carer,” Michael Beatty, a spokesman for the organization, said.