On a Saturday morning, an adventurous little koala wandered into a horse paddock on a farm in Queensland, Australia.
The horses’ owner, Alma Mendo, could tell her palominos were perplexed by the adorable creature’s sudden presence in their backyard.
At first, she was concerned that horses would harm the koala. But her fears were quickly squashed as the trio began to interact before her eyes.
Not only did the koala appear to be totally unfazed by the much larger and stronger animals, but it even gave one of the horses a kiss on the nose.
According to Save the Koala, “Koalas are in serious decline suffering from the effects of habitat destruction, domestic dog attacks, bushfires and road accidents. The Australian Koala Foundation estimates that there are less than 100,000 Koalas left in the wild, possibly as few as 43,000.”
It’s unclear why or how the koala wound up on Alma’s farm. Perhaps it had gotten separated from its family or orphaned by the death of its mother. Regardless, the horses were happy to play temporary babysitters.
“I was so lucky I got to see this,” Alma told Caters News. “This is the true beauty of nature.”
Video credit: Alma Mendo
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