Rescued koala named Polly comes when she's called

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Dec. 30, 2015 at 3:38 PM

CANBERRA, Australia, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A young koala being nursed back to health by rescuers in Australia has learned to respond to her name and climb on her caretaker.

The video features a rescue organization member named Peter calling to a koala joey named Polly.

Polly climbs down from a small tree and shuffles across the floor to Peter, who jokes, "Doesn't everyone have a pet koala?"

"Up now," the caretaker says, and Polly climbs his arm.

Polly wrestles and nibbles on Peter's arm before climbing up to his face to show him affection.

"The Australian Koala Foundation estimates that less than 100,000 koalas are left in the wild," text at the end of the video reads.

"If you see an injured koala, please contact your local wildlife carer organization," the video says. "It might be carrying a joey that can still be rescued."

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