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.