Baby koala found in woman's bag during search

Australian police found a baby koala while searching the bag of a woman who was being arrested.

Monday, 7th November 2016, 2:49 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 5:02 pm
A koala peeks out form the top of a bag at the Upper Mount Gravatt Police station in Brisbane, Australia

Police in Brisbane said that when they asked the 50-year-old woman if she had anything to declare on Sunday night, she handed over a zipped canvas bag that she said contained a baby koala.

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The woman, who was arrested on "outstanding matters", said she found the male koala on Saturday night and had been caring for it since.

The woman was taken to a police station, while the koala - believed to be about six months old - was taken to a wildlife hospital in good health, though slightly dehydrated.

The baby koala weighs about 1.5 kilograms and has been named Alfred.