When police search the bags of arrestees in custody, they’re likely looking for incriminating evidence, or other materials of a nefarious nature: weapons, drugs, loose body parts.
So you can imagine their surprise when the bag of a woman under arrested yielded naught but a criminally cute baby koala, whose most devastating offense was being way fuzzier than is probably legal.
We don’t know what exactly the woman in question was being detained for–the police cited only “outstanding matters”–but she gave up the koala willingly enough when police asked her if she had anything to declare. The 5-year-old said she’d found the koala Saturday and had been taking care of him ever since.
The police took the koala, who was in good health other than some slight dehydration, to an animal hospital where he’s currently on fluids. The 6-month old baby marsupial is only 3 pounds, and has been named Alfred. Soon, he’ll go out to a “carer,” according to the RSPCA.
Brb, looking up Australian koala custody laws. Think I can get him an exotic furbaby visa?