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Video: motorbike vs koala

Ali Tajvar has a close call with a koala riding in Gippsland on Saturday.

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Koala 1 : Motorcyclist 0.

That was the outcome after a koala wandered in front of a pod of motorcyclists on a road in Gippsland, Victoria, at the weekend.

Footage uploaded to YouTube shows several motorcyclists swerve to avoid the marsupial, while another hits the brakes hard and gently nudges the koala with his front tyre.

The koala looks slightly ruffled after the incident, but gets to its feet before appearing to walk to the other side of the road – thankfully, the traffic on the other side of the road had already stopped for the animal.

The motorcyclist who hit the koala remained upright, but a second rider with a rear-facing camera captured what happened just after the incident.

The footage shows a blue Hyundai Elantra stopped on the road, while another biker collides with the back of the car, dropping his two-wheeler onto the road.

The video has already received more than 44,000 views on YouTube since it was uploaded earlier today.

A spokeswoman for Wildlife Rescue Victoria, Amy Amato, told Drive that the charity had taken more than 2800 calls about wildlife in the past two weeks, with 148 of those having been hit by vehicles, the majority of which involve kangaroos and wallabies. Amato says there was no call placed over this incident.

“Ideally we would have liked to have been called out to the site to give the animal a veterinary assessment,” she says.

“This sort of thing does happen, and we understand that people try to do their best. And even if people can’t hang around, we’ve had some motorists tie a piece of material to a tree in order to mark a spot where a volunteer can go to help an injured animal.’’

Amato advises all road users to call their local wildlife rescue hotlines such as Wildlife Victoria or WIRES, no matter how small the incident may seem. 

“We might get someone to take a photo or video and send it through - it’s always best to call just to check, because while the animal may look OK, more often than not they do sustain internal injuries.”

The phone number of Wildlife Victoria is 1300 094 535, while NSW motorists should call WIRES on 1300 094 737.

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