The rescuers removed the wheel and found that the koala thankfully wasn’t pinned to something but was terrified and holding on for her life. “She was hanging on very, very tight,” Brister said. “It’s amazing and it’s a windy road, it’s downhill, so the car would’ve been lurching from side to side,” said Dave Juniper with the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service.
“She was crying a little bit, she was a little bit shaken, she was certainly in shock but I rushed her straight to the vet,” Juniper added. Luckily, the koala only suffered minor superficial injuries and was released back into the wild after a week of observation. “After everything she’s been through, she’s had so much stress and trauma, to see her just toddle off and up the tree, and currently she’s found the biggest fork in the tree, she’s snuggled up, she’s fast asleep,” Juniper said.