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7 Glorious Photos Of World Leaders Holding Koala Bears

It wouldn’t be a visit to Australia without some good animal pictures: this time the G20 leaders were cajoled into cuddling some koalas with Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

The G20 might not be great as a deliberative body, but it was a fantastic weekend for pictures of world leaders holding strange animals.

1. Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper looking pretty magisterial with this animated marsupial.

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2. Despite choosing a similar-coloured jacket, German chancellor wasn’t taking the risk of getting covered in koala hair.

Merkel Koala

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3. For Matteo Renzi, holding a koala is a doddle in comparison to reforming Italy’s stagnant economy.

Renzi Koala

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4. Recently re-elected Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, one of the less animated koala-holders.

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5. Australian PM Tony Abbot said previously that he would “shirt front” Putin, but both leaders were overcome with Koala-driven joy instead.

Putin KoalaAndrew Taylor/AP Images

6.Indian prime minster Narendra Modi didn’t opt to hold the Koala, but he looks pretty excited all the same.

Modi KoalaAndrew Taylor/AP Images

7. US president Barack Obama struggled in recent midterm elections, but there’s no doubt that he won the contest of which world leader looks best with a koala.

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