Adorable moment thirsty koala licks rainwater off a road after a downpour – as woman who helped move the marsupial begs drivers to be alert
- The thirsty koala was spotted lapping up water on Moree to Croppa Creek Road
- Pamela Schramm and her children spotted the marsupial on the way back home
- She thought the koala was injured but after a while realised he was indeed fine
- Ms. Schramm had a wildlife carer check out the koala who said he was healthy
A dehydrated koala that survived the bushfires has been filmed licking water off a country road after the first significant rainfall in months.
Pamela Schramm and her children were on their way home when they spotted the thirsty koala on the Moree to Croppa Creek Road in New South Wales on Thursday.
Thinking he was injured, Ms. Schramm got out of her car and walked closer to the marsupial only to notice him lapping up rainwater off the bitumen.
‘I thought he was injured as he was so quiet. But once he walked a little I realised he was fine,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘We couldn’t get him off the road he was just so thirsty.’
Adorable footage shows the koala walking around on the wet road and licking from small puddles.
The koala occasionally pauses to look at Ms Schramm and her children before continuing to lick water off the road.
Ms Schramm felt the koala’s back and hips and knew he was in a good condition but still wanted him checked out by a wildlife carer.
Placing a bag on the side of the road, Ms. Schramm went to look for a carer and came back only to find the koala high up in a tree.
She said the carer watched her footage of the koala looked healthy as it didn’t appear to have diarrhea, which is an indication of chlamydia.
‘When we got close to the tree he moved higher up. Which is exactly what a healthy koala should do.’
Ms Schramm is urging all motorists to slow down and look out for their local wildlife during trying times.
‘Please be careful on the roads. Wildlife coming out to drink. It’s heartbreaking to see them stressed.’