Wednesday was a great day for human/koala relations.
Desperate for something to drink on a hot day in Adelaide, a koala left the scrub-land and climbed a cyclist’s bike frame, perching there adorably until the cyclist gave her everything in his water bottle.
Fellow rider Nick Lothian noticed the scene as he cycled by and snapped the picture, saying the koala was there for half an hour just chilling on the wheel frame, enjoying her new celebrity status.
They named her Carolina and his photo went viral – obviously, because it’s incredibly sweet.
However, it’s also a reminder that dry conditions such as drought make it difficult for animals to survive. Normally koalas can keep hydrated just by eating eucalyptus leaves, but if there isn’t enough moisture they need to find water elsewhere.
Animal welfare officers kept the marsupial in overnight to check she didn’t have any kidney problems which could have explained the thirst, the Herald Sun reported.
Luckily, they decided she had a clean bill of health and released her back into the wild.