Rogue koala gets police escort across Australian highway

A koala got a police escort from a busy Australian highway over the weekend. 

The native marsupial wandered across the Brisbane Valley Highway on Saturday in a rural area west of Brisbane. 

Footage posted to Facebook by a Queensland couple showed traffic stopped on the roadway while a policeman shepherded the animal to safety. 

Other drivers looked on as the koala ambled and hopped casually along the highway before eventually taking refuge in a tree. 

Australian media reported the police officer stayed closed to the koala until it climbed the tree. 

An Australian expert on koalas thanked the officer for his good deed, warning that it is dangerous to pick up koalas because they have sharp claws. 

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