Koala wanders into Australian hospital waiting room

A koala wandered into an Australian hospital waiting room. (Photo: Western District Health Service/Facebook via ABC News)

A koala made a late-night visit to an Australian hospital recently. The marsupial was spotted on footage that’s now been viewed more than 130,000 times since it was posted on Facebook Monday.

The little fella was stopped in the Hamilton Base Hospital in Victoria, southern Australia, on April 20. He can be seen hopping around the waiting area of the emergency room before he heads back outside.

“You never know who is going to stroll through the doors at the Hamilton Base Hospital,” the post from the Western District Health Service read.

PHOTO: A koala wandered into an Australian hospital waiting room.
A koala wandered into an Australian hospital waiting room. (Photo: Western District Health Service/Facebook via ABC News)

 

Hospital chief executive Rohan Fitzgerald told Australian public media ABC that the koala was very casual and seemed to know where he was going.

The koala was nicknamed Blinky Bill after a 1930s children’s fictional character created by New Zealand-born Australian author Dorothy Wall.

Koalas have been listed as “vulnerable” under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act since 2012, and the Australian Koala Foundation believes there could be fewer than 80,000 remaining today.

The Australian icon is not dangerous: “They live in our backyards. It’s up to us to keep them alive and healthy in the bush,” according to nonprofit Save the Koalas.

 

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