We didn’t want him to wander off until we’d seen he was okay.
The Bighams have eight koalas over at their residence right now – four grown-ups that may returning from bodily injury, inclusive of Bear Grylls, and 4 youthful koalas growing up to effectively readiness before coming off.
With her auto now repaired and the koala safely relocated, Ms Allgood said she still felt a little nervous driving along the same stretch of road each day.
In a unusual accident a couple of koalas have lasted being struck by motorcars at fast near Adelaide by wedging their own selves in front of vehicles.
“When they called out and said, “he’s alive”, I was teary, thinking of this poor koala in the front of the auto”.
“I slammed my brakes on but another auto was behind me, so there was no choice but to hit the koala”, she says.
Koalas aren’t known for their smarts, animal rescuer Don Bigham said, and seem unconcerned about traffic and the danger it might pose.
Fearing she’d killed it, she pulled over but couldn’t see it on the road.
Named after British adventurer and TV personality, Michael “Bear” Grylls, the koala ended up safely wedged in the car’s grille and remained stuck there for the ten to fifteen-minute trip until the driver returned home.
Ms Davis said she hadn’t spotted it until too late and was left with no option but to stay in her lane.
Animal rescue volunteers later came by and took the animal for treatment.
“Bear Grylls” is not the only koala to have a lucky escape on Australia’s roads.
The koala was wedged in under the bumper bar.
Fauna rescue worker Merridy Montarello told the Adelaide Advertiser it was a “very, very lucky koala”.
Bear Grylls has made a full recovery.
“He is a very large male”, Mr Bigham said, explaining how the koala’s large size may have contributed to its survival when it was hit by the auto.
“They don’t behave in an extremely bright manner sometimes”, Mr Bigham said.
September is Koala awareness month, and one of Fauna Rescue’s busiest of the year as koala’s begin to look for mates, moving around the land more than usual.
In fact, it’s the second “grilled koala” in the past three weeks in the same area.