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Baby koala found in woman’s backpack after traffic stop in Brisbane

The joey was named Alfred while in the care of the police and has been put on fluids as the RSPCA finds him a carer.

The koala is believed to be about six months old
The koala is believed to be about six months old. 

A baby koala was found in a woman’s backpack after she was arrested during a routine traffic stop.

As officers searched her they asked if she had anything to declare.

She handed over a zipped green canvas bag and said there was a joey inside that she had found the night before and she was looking after it.

The public are advised not to hold koala if they find one
The public are advised not to hold a koala if they find one.

The koala, believed to be about six months old, was taken to a police station in Brisbane, Australia, to be cared for until an official carer can be found.

RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said: “He’s been on fluids but is doing well and will shortly be going out to a carer. He weighs 1.5kg and we’ve called him Alfred.”

He said if anyone found a koala they should not try to hold it.

The RSPCA have called the Koala Alfred
The RSPCA have called the koala Alfred. 

Mr Beatty said: “Often the animal may have no obvious signs of injury but it can have internal injuries that need immediate attention.”

The 50-year-old woman with the koala was arrested by police at Wishart in Brisbane and is being questioned about “outstanding matters”.

The koala is looked after by a police officer
The koala is looked after by a police officer. 

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