Recently a Raymond Island resident noticed an unusual sight and pointed it out to two other locals walking past. There was a koala happily sitting in rain water pooled on the rear canvas cover of a cabin cruiser named ‘The Rooster’ moored at a jetty.
The koala posed beautifully for several photographs and wasn’t concerned by all the attention. However, the koala was not alone; waiting quietly in the water near the boat was a
male Chestnut Teal which also seemed to have an interest in the boat. Trapped inside the cabin of the boat was its mate, a female chestnut teal who had managed to get through the smallest opening in the covers to enter the cabin. She may well be looking to build a nest. It has happened on boats on the Lakes before. The two walkers had now returned to the jetty and Colin offered to rescue the ‘distressed’ animals.
The two walkers had now returned to the jetty and Colin offered to rescue the ‘distressed’ animals. Gingerly boarding the boat, he was asked to open one of the covers to release the teal, however that in itself was hard to do so instead he decided to rescue the koala and in one quick swoop, grabbed the koala safely behind the neck and proceeded to disembark onto the jetty.
The koala, a small female, at first went along for the ride reaching out to grab the handrail, and missing, but after a short journey along the jetty and more photographs, time was up and this time she clamped herself around the handrail.
Now alert and unwilling to proceed, she had several attempts to ward off the approaches by Colin and once on top of the rail decided not to let Colin and his wife Wyonne pass. Another swipe with her foreleg at Colin when he moved past and one at Wyonne too when she moved past. Finding a spot to roost on the sign stating ‘Private Jetty’ at the start of the jetty handrail she finally moved into a boobialla tree on the foreshore and later into a red gum
Story and photos by Andrew Bould With permission by Colin and Wyonne Siacci Oct.2010