Koala covered in prickles gets much-needed spa treatment from a helpful neighbor

After offering the koala a bowl of water, which it swatted away, the man then grabbed a brush and tried to get the burrs off its fur. The koala seemed to enjoy the brush job, leading the man to record the funny moment on his smartphone.

    2016/12/21

NSFW    APOLLO BAY, AUSTRALIA — When a koala ended up on a friendly man’s doorstep covered in prickles, he tried helping it in a variety of ways, until realizing all it needed was a good brush.

On the morning of December 17, Bruce Atkinson was on his way out the door to get breakfast. Standing on his front porch, he noticed a disheveled koala bear approaching him, covered in prickly burrs. Atkinson quickly tried to offer the koala a bowl of water, but the koala swiftly batted it away, as koalas get their water solely from eucalyptus leaves.

Bruce Atkinson then tried his best to clean her up a bit, grabbing a brush and brushing her from head to toe, a treatment she seemed to enjoy. Bruce Atkinson says a wildlife officer suggested the koala may have been trying to escape the advances of the males in the area, who tend to get a little bit frisky this time of year due to mating season.
The female koala received a brush from Bruce Atkinson after he spotted her outside his house, covered in prickles. FACEBOOK / OTWAY COMMUNITY NEWS
The female koala received a brush from Bruce Atkinson after he spotted her outside his house, covered in prickles. FACEBOOK / OTWAY COMMUNITY NEWS
Bruce Atkinson posted the video of him brushing the koala on December 16, where it has been shared more than 2,100 times. FACEBOOK / OTWAY COMMUNITY NEWS
Bruce Atkinson posted the video of him brushing the koala on December 16, where it has been shared more than 2,100 times. FACEBOOK / OTWAY COMMUNITY NEWS
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