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Koala chases down Australian farmer on a four-wheeler

"They've got really sharp claws," farmer Ebony Churchill said in defending her fear of the pursuing koala.

By Ben Hooper
Koala chases down Australian farmer on a four-wheeler
The curious koala chased down dairy farmer Ebony Churchill's four-wheeler. Ebony Churchill/YouTube video screenshot

HEYWOOD, Australia, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- An Australian woman captured video of an "attention" seeking koala chasing down her four-wheeler while she was rounding up dairy cows.

Ebony Churchill posted a video to YouTube showing the koala running after her quad bike while she was bringing dairy cows in for milking at a Heywood, Victoria, farm.

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"Get away, get away!" Churchill can be heard yelling at the koala as it gains ground on her during the chase.

Churchill eventually jumps off the four wheeler to escape the pursuing marsupial.

She spends a few seconds searching for the koala before realizing it was climbing on a back tire. "Oh my god, it's on the freaking bike ... Piss off!" Churchill says in the video.

YouTube and Facebook comments mocked Churchill for her fear of the adorable koala, which some compared to its vicious -- and fictional -- cousin, the "drop bear."

"They've got really sharp claws," Churchill told news.com.au in explaining her fear of the animal.

"I was amazed he wanted that much attention," she said. "I didn't expect him to keep chasing."

Churchill said her fear of the koala has subsided and she now considers her one-time stalker to be "a pretty cute fluff ball."

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