Koala rescued after escaping zoo enclosure to find love

By Ben Hooper
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Oct. 6 (UPI) -- An Australian zoo said a young female koala escaped from her enclosure and ended up stranding herself atop a tree in her search for a mate.

The Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, New South Wales, said 2-year-old koala Irene was missing from her enclosure Wednesday morning.


"She had decided it was time to find a mate, but Koala Tinder doesn't exist so she took it upon herself to go searching!" the zoo said in a Facebook post.

The zoo said Irene's "Houdini-like escape" led to her becoming stranded at the top of a nearby tree.

The post included video of zoo staff using a lift to reach and rescue the lovelorn koala.

"Acting quickly, Tim Faulkner and keepers went to work to rescue Irene with a scissor lift surrounded by a crowd watching the rescue mission take place!" the post said.

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