Aussie police seize baby koala during woman's arrest

A baby koala was found in a woman's backpack after she was arrested during a routine traffic stop.

As officers searched her they asked if she had anything to declare.

She handed over a zipped green canvas bag and said there was a joey inside that she had found the night before and she was looking after it.

In this photo provided on Nov. 7, 2016, by the Queensland Police, Senior Constable Rio Law holds a koala at the Upper Mount Gravatt Police station in Brisbane, Australia, after it was found in a bag carried by a woman who was being arrested. Police said that when they asked the 50-year-old woman if she had anything to declare Sunday, Nov. 6 night, she handed over a zipped canvas bag that she said contained a baby koala. (Queensland Police via AP)

In this photo provided on Nov. 7, 2016, by the Queensland Police, Senior Constable Rio Law holds a koala at the Upper Mount Gravatt Police station in Brisbane, Australia, after it was found in a bag carried by a woman who was being arrested. Police said that when they asked the 50-year-old woman if she had anything to declare Sunday, Nov. 6 night, she handed over a zipped canvas bag that she said contained a baby koala. (Queensland Police via AP) (Queensland Police via AP)

The koala, believed to be about six months old, was taken to a police station in Brisbane, Australia, to be cared for until an official carer can be found.

RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said: "He's been on fluids but is doing well and will shortly be going out to a carer... we've called him Alfred."

He said if anyone found a koala they should not try to hold it.

Beatty said: "Often the animal may have no obvious signs of injury but it can have internal injuries that need immediate attention."

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