Queensland Police have discovered a baby koala hidden inside a bag after arresting a woman in Brisbane overnight.
Officers from the Upper Mount Gravatt Tactical Crime Squad stopped the woman on Newnham Road at Wishart about 9.00pm.
The 50-year-old was arrested on outstanding warrants, however before being taken to the watch house, officers asked her if she had anything to declare.
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The woman then handed over a zipped green canvas bag telling officers it contained a baby koala.
“Not quite believing their ears the officers cautiously un-zipped the bag and found this gorgeous boy,” police said in a statement.
“Police are looking into claims by the woman that she found the joey the preceding night on Kessels Road, Nathan and was caring for it.”
The koala, believed to be about six months of age, is now in the care of the RSPCA.
RSPCA spokesman, Michael Beatty, said the youngster seemed to be in good health, although a bit dehydrated.
“He’s been on fluids but is doing well and will shortly be going out to a carer,” Mr Beatty said.
“He weighs 1.5 kg and we’ve called him Alfred.”
The RSPCA is urging anyone who finds a koala not to attempt to handle it.
“Please call our animal emergency hotline on 1300 ANIMAL. Often the animal may have no obvious signs of injury but it can have internal injuries that need immediate attention.”