After a brief outing to see a koala sitting on the Christmas tree in their lounge room, the Adelaide Hills family returned to their house.
Amanda McCormick, home owner of Coromandel Valley, told ABC Radio Adelaide she was “shocked to find the animal sitting surrounded by baubles, stars and snowflakes in the plastic tree.
“I got home from work and the dog made a beeline for the Christmas tree and I noticed all of the decorations on the floor,” she said.
“It was interested in something further up and I looked and straight in my face was this beautiful, little gorgeous koala bear. “I could not believe it, I was in shock. It was right in my face.”
After Ms McCormick’s daughter left the door open, the koala made its way inside.
“Normally we do [lock the door] but … we left it open just for the dog to go in an out,” she said.
“She went out for a couple of hours and we all came home together and there it was.”
In order to help remove the koala from the Christmas tree, Ms McCormick called wildlife rescuers, but said they mistakenly thought the phone call was a hoax.
“I know what [koalas] can get like so I thought, ‘I’ll leave that one to the professionals and get them round’,” she said.
“But they didn’t believe me when I rang, they thought it was a prank call. “She didn’t want to leave actually, they had a bit of a fight trying to get her off the tree. I think she was quite comfortable.”
The koala was transferred to a nearby tree outside and has continued on since.
But Ms. McCormick said it may not be the last of the cuddly intruders she saw.
“It’s probably trying to get back, inside to be honest,” she joked.