Miracle down under - Koala survives 100kph impact with car
The koala has been affectionately named 'Bear Grylls' in reference to his survival skills.
Published 25/09/2015 | 10:41
This fluffy fellow has been affectionately named 'Bear Grylls' after being hit by a car near Adelaide, Australia and getting stuck in the grille of a vehicle, which was travelling at 100kph.
The Marsupial was hit on the South Eastern Freeway near the Adelaide Hills.
The driver, Loren Davis, said she hit the animal on a stretch of the road which was dark "with no street lights".
"I didn't see the koala until my headlights found it but I couldn't change lanes because another car was there [on the inside lane].
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"I slammed my brakes on but another car was behind me, so there was no choice but to hit the koala," she told ABC news in Australia.
She pulled over after the cars had passed, but could not find the koala anywhere.
"I drove home, feeling upset that I'd killed a koala.
"Once I got home and pulled into the garage I turned on the light to see the damage.
"I turned around, saw a koala and just screamed," she said.
Davis thought the koala was dead, and asked her fiancé and his son to look at it and ran inside.
She emerged from the house when they confirmed that he was alive.
They were able to push a blanket under his arm, and he used it to pull himself out of the grille.
"We backed my car out and closed the garage door to let him rest in there. We didn't want him to wander off until we'd seen he was okay.
"We're calling him Bear Grylls."
The hardy koala has made a full recovery.