|Not the actual Koala.|
Well alright more like woman biting koalas but this happened right in the suburb where I live, and possibly where I walk my own dogs. Who would ever suspect a largely vegan koala would go rogue for a pound of leg flesh!
The story goes, according to Mama Mia, a Willaston woman, Mary Ann, was walking her dogs in bushland. Distracted by texting on her mobile phone she did not notice herself getting too close to a wild koala, which promptly attacked her leg and would not let go (see the photo of Mary Ann's injury below just prior to having 12 stitches and being placed on IV antibiotics for four days).
Mary Ann told ABC Radio “I had to put my fingers in its mouth and prise open its jaws to get my leg out."
Clearly it was the last straw for the koala. Maybe it was one of those "Get off my lawn!" moments where you just snap? Or maybe koala's don't like people absorbed by their phones either... "Hey! Nature! Look up and enjoy it... F***ing wild kola right here! You don't see that very often in Willaston!"
I've lived all around Gawler for the past 14 years, the last four in Willaston and I've never seen a koala whilst walking my dogs. Seriously, if you're missing that experience because of your phone, nature should bite you for not paying attention!
Especially as, over that period of 14 years, I've seen numerous venomous snakes in drive ways and nearly ridden over a few on bike trails. Mary Ann was lucky it wasn't one of those she didn't notice.
To those of you that only know koala's as cute, cuddly and docile creatures (which is just about everyone) it's a bit of a shock to think one could actually be attacked by a koala.
For some reason, to me, it has a freaky air of those metal toothed dolls in the sexy, 1968 sci-fi classic Barbarella, staring Jane Fonda. They're not particularly scary until they start gnawing on your leg! Remember that the next time you see a koala in the wild.
|Metal toothed doll from Barbarella.|
Try prying one of these off your leg!