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.)
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.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.