Koala hides on axle, goes for 10 mile ride

Koala hides on axle, goes for 10 mile ride

The koala crawled inside the vehicle while the auto was parked in the hills on the outskirts of the city.

"She was crying a little bit, she was a little bit shaken, she was certainly in shock but I rushed her straight to the vet", Brister said.

"You think you've seen it all, no, I've never seen anything like that".

'I could see a face and one arm.

Ms Brister has rescued more than 200 koalas and said 80% of the rescues are fatal, making Kelly's survival even more remarkable.

The swift acting wildlife officer climbed under the auto equipped with a head torch.

It is thought the koala nestled in behind a wheel of the auto sometime on Saturday before she was discovered later that night.

"She was hanging on very, very tight", she continued.

"We weren't sure if she was pinned at first", she said.

A happy koala, after the dramatic rescue.

The man immediately called the koala hotline, which asked firefighters to help rescue the animal.

Ms Brister said the terrifying trip would have been "horrendous".

Once she released her grip, rescuers realised the koala was not seriously injured, but very dirty and covered in oil and grease.

We just glad the mammy survived and are hoping she finds her way back to her baby after her ordeal.

A koala that endured travelling 16-kilometres clinging to the axle of a 4WD in the Adelaide Hills has been released back into the wild.

Ms Brister went back to the site and searched for the joey for two days but to no avail.

But sadly that's when it became clear Kelli was missing a joey.