Pole dancing, late-night visits, evading the law: Qld police encounters with koalas – MSN News

By September 23, 2017 October 10th, 2017 Archive

© Queensland Police Service Kenny the koala came off second-best after being clipped by a car in Mount Gravatt.

Public indecency, stalking and fleeing from police – Queensland koalas have some serious questions to answer after several incidents were reported by officers during the past month.

The most serious allegations came on September 10, when police in the Townsville suburb of Stuart in north Queensland allege a koala, which went by the name of Fernando, gave officers a pole dancing display in the middle of a busy road.

Sergeant Julie Cooke wrote in an online account of the incident that officers were “concerned for the koala’s safety” but the animal was “very stubborn and reluctant to move on”.

“But when police pumped the new Taylor Swift song through the radio he showed his distaste and ditched the pole dancing lesson,” Sergeant Cooke wrote.

In Brisbane, police were also forced to pursue a koala on August 21, after it fled from officers into thick bushland.

© Cooke.JulieP[NR] Townsville police were confronted by a pole-dancing koala.

According to Sergeant Darnielle Fioriti, Holland Park officers were hunting “a different kind of offender” off Logan Road in Mount Gravatt when they saw a koala jaywalking in front of them.

Police will allege the animal showed a “blatant disregard for authority” before it was clipped by a car and staggered off into nearby bushland.

Officers “took off in hot pursuit … armed with flashlights” according to Sergeant Fioriti and a short time later the koala was found injured and dazed.

The furry friend, given the name Kenny, spent the dash to Manly 24 Hour Animal Hospital clinging to the headrest in the back seat.

Staff at the veterinary clinic assessed Kenny before he was taken to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, an intruder paid Springfield Police Station a late-night visit on Thursday.

Senior Sergeant Geoff Noller wrote the koala was able to “bear” with officers who were busy at the time, before being “given the requested advice and assisted away from the roadway and safely into bushland”.