Baby koala declared after woman arrested

Sure enough, tucked inside her green canvas bag, was a little joey (Queensland police / supplied)
Sure enough, tucked inside her green canvas bag, was a little joey (Queensland police / supplied)

When a Queensland woman admitted to police she was carrying a baby koala in her bag, the officers couldn't quite believe their ears.

But sure enough, tucked inside her green canvas bag, was a little joey.

The 50-year-old woman handed over the animal after being arrested over an unrelated matter on Newnham Rd, Wishard, when she was asked if she had anything to declare.

She claimed she rescued him the night before after finding him on the road and was caring for him.

Baby koala declared after woman arrested

(Queensland police / supplied)

After a brief detour at the police station, the koala, who has been dubbed Alfred, is now in the care of the RSPCA.

The rescue group says while the woman's heart may have been in the right place, people shouldn't handle koalas they may find.

Instead, people should call the RSPCA.

"Often the animal may have no obvious signs of injury but it can have internal injuries that need immediate attention," a spokesperson says.

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