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Koala trapped in Aldi car park takes trip in shopping trolley


Previous undignified escape attempts had ended in the koala ‘landing on her head and bashing her face’ (Picture: Peter Elmore)

An unlikely visitor to an Australian supermarket had a relaxed ride to freedom in a shopping trolley after getting stuck.

A dopey koala had got into a pickle in an Aldi parking lot in Portland, when a wildlife volunteer stepped in to help her out.

She had been attempting to climb a fence out of the car park – leading to numerous undignified failures – and was out of ideas.

But Peter Elmore clocked his furry friend’s predicament while he was on holiday and enlisted the aid of a trolley and his wife Kelly – who also does wildlife rescues.

‘She was trying to climb the high wooden fence and kept falling’, he told 7News.

‘Because koalas can’t put their arms out to protect themselves when they fall, she kept landing on her head and bashing her face’.

Peter also saw an elderly man nearly run over the animal and knew he had to go into rescue mode.

The trolley’s unlikely passenger was ‘relaxed’ according to its driver (Picture: Peter Elmore)

‘I would’ve carried her, but then I saw the Aldi trolley and thought that would be a bit easier.

‘She was relaxed in the trolley and was happy for me to move her around.’

Peter, who is from Hastings, Victoria, continued: ‘I only had to push her about 100 meters until we got to a bit of bushland.

‘Then she went into someone’s backyard and up a tree.’

The koala had been trying to scale the fence without much success (Picture: Peter Elmore)

The rescue was captured on camera by Cherry Mae Ferrer, whose post on TikTok about the encounter received a warm reception.

‘Only in Australia,’ she wrote.

An Aldi spokesperson joked to 7News that koalas were ‘not welcome’ in stores.

They said: ‘While we always appreciate another customer, our stores are not the appropriate habitat for native wildlife.’

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