Koala survives 60-mph impact, 7 miles in grille

@nova1945 (1614)
United States
July 15, 2008 7:09am CST
This story was carried on Reuters last night. Here is the link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25681756 CANBERRA, Australia - A koala that cheated death after being hit by a car at about 60 mph and dragged with his head jammed through the vehicle grille for about 7 miles is being dubbed Australia's luckiest marsupial. The eight-year-old male koala, named "Ely 'Lucky' Grills" by rescuers, was struck by an unwitting motorist north of Brisbane and found only when the car stopped after being flagged down by another vehicle. "Lucky" hung on during his ordeal with one arm and his trapped head, and was freed with household scissors used like a fireman's "jaws-of-life" to cut around the car's mesh grille with the horrified owner's permission. Lucky was in shock but he quickly recovered and was nearly better after a couple of hours rest and a meal. Lucky will stay at a hospital set up by the late television wildlife and crocodile crusader Steve Irwin for 45 days to recover from his experience and receive treatment for a chlamydial infection. Apparently they named him appropriately. What a lucky day it was for that Koala.
3 responses
• Indonesia
13 Aug 08
wow, thanks GOD he survived. I'm so relieved to read the story. what a lucky koala. ^_^ I wish I could find Koala in my country. LOL. I had ever visited Australia many years ago and I fell in love with these lovely animals. that's a happy ending. thanks for sharing the news and story. ;)
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
13 Aug 08
I like happy endings too, especially when it comes to animals. So often they end up victims of man's technology and selfishness. Glad this one didn't.
• United States
16 Jul 08
Wow. I've never really thought about the possibility of a koala being hit in Australia. This is one lucky dude. I guess koala's are super lucky because their paws grasps like human hands. If he had paws like a dog, he wouldn't have survived. I'm glad every thing's okay though. Rock on little buddy.
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Good point about the paws, I hadn't thought of that. He is surely one lucky little koala.
• India
15 Jul 08
really the koala was very lucky
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
15 Jul 08
Yes, I love happy endings. lol