An Australian dog saved a baby koala’s life by snuggling with it — and now they’re best friends

Koala not pictured. Ian Waldie/Getty Images
  • In one of the most Australia things to ever happen, a baby koala was rescued by a golden retriever.
  • Kerry McKinnon discovered one morning that her dog, Asha, was snuggled up to a tiny baby koala, who appeared to be alone.
  • McKinnon believes that Asha saved the koala’s life. Overnight temperatures in Strathdownie at this time of year can dip to almost freezing, and the koala would likely not have survived on its own.
  • After making sure the koala was healthy, McKinnon passed it along to a koala carer, who is looking after it until it can be released back into the wild.

Kerry McKinnon of Strathdownie, Australia, didn’t know what she was going to find when her husband woke her up and told her to come quick.

Happily, it was good news – a baby koala had decided to take up residence in the warm fur of their five-year-old golden retriever, Asha. “[Asha] kept looking back at the koala but she wasn’t trying to get him off her or anything. She was happy to let him snuggle into her,” McKinnon told

McKinnon doesn’t know exactly how the two came to meet, but it’s clear that this baby koala was far from its mother. The temperatures in Strathdownie can become quite frigid at night, so it’s safe to say that without Asha’s warm fur, this little guy probably wouldn’t have survived.

When it was time for the koala to get checked out by a vet, it wasn’t happy – it put up a “huge fuss” when McKinnon separated the two. Thankfully, the vet confirmed that the koala is healthy. It is now living with a special caretaker until it can be re-released into the wild.

Check out the adorable photos of these two unlikely best friends below.


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