Australia – the land where the wilderness and the human civilization meet. You know Australia as the Land Down Under and there are many weird things that go on out there. You are probably aware of the poisonous spiders and vipers there and the crocodiles that float all around the waters. It is a place which is really haunting when you think about it. But then, Australia is quite an experience. And out of everything poisonous, you might also get to meet a baby koala there too and that would be something amazing.
Well, coming to the topic of the baby koala – there is a major problem raging all over Australia. Wildfires. Wildfires across several areas of Australia has resulted in the massive loss of wildlife. But one species have been affected the most – koalas. If you follow the news, you may have heard the estimations, many of which say that it is probable that one-third of the Koala population has gone down. Well – it was a tragic event that unfolded in Australia. Things have been looking down for quite some time.
But in all this depressing news, there are a few great news too. We should look up at these top-quality, dopamine-inducing news and get a bit of a mood lifter. The recent news that made quite a mark all over Australia is the relationship between a Golden Retriever and a baby koala. Yeah – if you are trying to imagine how unusual this relationship sounds, then you are not the only one. Yes – it does seem outrageous. While dogs are generally really cute and can be of various sizes, it is clear that a Golden Retriever is quite large and has a lot of muscle mass. If you place a Koala beside a Golden Retriever, they would appear like a Liliputian. The more pertinent problem would be that the Golden Retriever, even in a playful mood, might catch hold of the neck of the baby koala and snap it.
But how did this uncanny friendship emerge? Well, there is quite an Australian story attached to it.
Kerry McKinnon and her Golden Retriever, Asha, has quite an eventful life. However, there was one special morning when a new member joined their family for a short while. She was just basking in the sun outside and going around the garden when her husband started to call her. What was the matter? Well, it turns out that a baby koala was perching on top of their Asha, the dog. Asha was looking at the baby koala often. After all, there was something on his back and he was trying to gauge whether it is a bug, a predator or rather something to get rid of. However, Asha did not do anything. The baby koala settled down on the furry surface of Asha’s back and snuggled in. It seems as if that was all that the Koala was looking for – a cozy little home.
It is quite possible that the baby koala was saved by Asha and she is being called a hero. Since it was early, the parents of the dog have not gone out actively but the active Asha was already making her rounds. It is possible that at that time, the baby koala fell from the mother’s pouch and settled down on Asha’s back. The koala could have been easily eaten up by a fox on account of the size. If not so, then the baby koala might have starved to death. but Asha, the savior, ensured that nothing that drastic happened to the koala.
Well, the baby koala was taken to the vet for tests. The koala was fit. It is possible that it will get released in the wild after a proper rehabilitation program.
Image source: Kerry McKinnon/Caters News