You’ve probably heard some wildlife stories from Australia, which often involve spiders or snakes. But it’s also a country full of adorable animals, like kangaroos, wombats, and koalas. And one Austrlian family was in for quite the surprise when they discovered a wild koala bear hiding in their Christmas tree.
On December 2, the fuzzy koala allegedly broke into the home of the McMormicks and made itself at home in the decorated tree.
Upon discovering the animal, Amanda McMorcmick was completely caught off guard, and understandably so. Unsure of what to do, she called the Adelaide and Hills Koala Rescue group to intervene.
The rescue group initially thought the call for help was a prank. They shared the story on Facebook, saying:
“This evening our hotline operator took a call. At first she thought she was the victim of a prank call. But no, a koala desperate to get in the Christmas spirit had wandered into Amanda McCormick’s house and decided it wanted to be the fairy on the Christmas tree.”
The koala definitely got its wish!
People around the world instantly fell in the love with the sweet koala. “I haven’t put up a Christmas tree in several years, but if I had adorable ornaments like this, I’d put a tree up and leave it up all year.!!!” one person commented. “This is just the best thing that has happened in 2020! You could not script this. Just beautiful,” another person wrote.
In an interview with 9 News, rescuers shared that they’ve responded to calls for some wild scenarios, including “koalas in chicken coops, bathrooms, open inspections, children’s prams, bicycles, brooms, toy cars,” but never a Christmas tree.
As they shared in the comments of the post, “Koalas are such mischievous characters!”
The Adelaide and Hills Koala Rescue runs solely on volunteers. According to their Facebook description, they “practice the rescue, rehabilitation and release, where possible, of sick, injured and orphaned koalas. These are cared for at our own properties as we use the donations given to us in the best way, to help koalas in need rather than in paying rent, mortgage or utility bills.”
They clearly care about the animals they help and seem to have enjoyed this extra festive rescue mission!
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