WHEN THE CUT THROAT ISN’T OCCUPIED IN CRIME
HE LOVES TO HEAR THE LITTLE BROOK A’GURGLING
AND LISTEN TO THE MERRY VILLAGE CHIME
AH, TAKE ONE CONSIDERATION WITH ANOTHER
A POLICEMAN’S LOT IS NOT A HAPPY ONE
(Gilbert & Sullivan’s Lyrics to the Pirates of Penzance)
Campbelltown is one of the busy suburbs of the vibrant city of Sydney. Trish and I have been lucky to have lived there for an entire year. The only koala that we saw in Sydney was at the zoo. Imagine my surprise when Trish, who daily goes on Australian sites, came across this item of news.
“Naughty” is a well used Australian term. And this was a koala that clearly broke the law! As a result it was arrested and taken into police custody. Eventually, it was released and given a stern warning.
Getting the Facts
No respectable police officer wants to get the ‘run around’ and not be respected after voicing the law to anyone or anything. The koala was clearly a criminal as police spotted it “dodging and weaving” traffic at the early hours of 2 a.m. on a Sunday morning. Did it get it’s share of alcohol at a party? Police are tight lipped about this, but having lived in Sydney, Trish and I know about Aussie parties!
The Facebook Report.
Senior Constable Barry from the NSW Dog Unit was first on the scene and a blow-by-blow account of the incident has been posted on the dog unit’s Facebook page.
Senior Constable Barry stopped and spoke to the koala about the dangers of running across the lanes of traffic,” the post says.
“After failing to comply and ‘move along’, numerous warnings were issued, but the koala failed to comply.
“Campbelltown LAC attended and a short foot pursuit occurred.
“The koala was eventually arrested and placed for safety in a police vehicle.”
Police then consulted with RSPCA who advised the koala should be released in a suitable location, away from the Campbelltown traffic.
“The koala was last seen decamping from the police vehicle leaving the handcuffs behind…..”
That was an Unusual Case!
Campbelltown police crime manager detective Inspector Greg Inger said arresting a koala was quite an unusual case for police.
“We deal with whatever comes our way and sometimes we are asked to deal with wildlife,” Det-Insp Inger said.
“It’s the nature of policing sometimes. Every day is different.
“We go from witnessing something that’s the worst in the world to something that is quite enjoyable.”
Behind the Humour is a Serious Problem
Despite the humour, the Facebook highlights a serious issue in the Campbelltown region, where koalas are frequently being found deep in suburban areas because of habitat loss. I know that koalas are creatures of habit and Trish and I were told that they only visit certain trees. If a road is put in, the koala will make its way across the road to get to its favourite tree. It’s the same everywhere, we humans are encroaching on animal land.