The story of Asha, the golden retriever living with 45 years old Kerry McKinnon in Western Victoria,Australia, went viral after being found by her owner on the porch saving an abandoned baby koala. She saved her life by letting it warm up in her fur.
“It was quite early in the morning, and my husband yelled out to me to come have a look at something” Kerry said to News.com.au.
“I didn’t know what he was talking about at first but then I saw this tiny koala snuggled on top of Asha”
“She kept looking back at the koala but she wasn’t trying to get him off her or anything. She was happy to let him snuggle into her,”
It is still unknown how the baby koala ended up cuddling on Asha’s back. The most plausible explanation is that the adorable creature was somehow separated from its mother since it was still very young. “I think the koala bear baby fell out of his mum’s pouch and didn’t know what to do. He would have just wandered over to our back porch and seen the dogs in their beds, then decided to snuggle in Asha’s fur because it’s nice and warm”, Kerry said.
“Asha definitely saved the koala’s life by keeping him warm. He would have died out there if left alone all night. The poor thing could have been taken by a fox or something, too.”
Temperatures in the area sometimes plummet to 5 degrees C (41 degrees F)
The joey koala has been now checked by a vet and a local koala carer was happy to watch over the baby until it can be released back into the wild.
“I think dogs have that protective instinct. The koala didn’t want to leave Asha’s back. When we took the koala off to wrap it in a blanket, it hissed at me and carried on.”