There’s nothing quite like a holiday surprise. Well, a good one, at least! This Australian family came home and discovered an adorable little koala bear nuzzled between the branches of their Christmas tree. Now, social media users cannot stop raving about this unusual encounter!
A Christmas Surprise!
Like many families, the McCormick family, from Adelaide, Australia, found themselves quite busy one day a few weeks ago. The family rushed around the city, hitting store after store while picking up holiday presents for others. After a long day of shopping, you can imagine their dismay when they returned home to discover all their Christmas ornaments knocked to the ground! For a few minutes, the McCormick family could not figure out what happened. Their family dog had gone shopping with them, so it couldn’t be him! That’s when the dog started sniffing the tree. When the family looked inside their fake tree, they spotted a koala gripping on for dear life!
“I think the dog went straight to the Christmas tree and was sniffing around and Mom thought that was a bit weird,” said 16-year-old daughter Taylah. “There was baubles all over the floor, and she looked up and there was a koala in the tree. It was pretty tangled up in the lights. It was a fake tree and very old, but she still tried eating the leaves off it. I saw her munch down on some but she stopped when she realized it was plastic.”
Amanda, the matriarch of the McCormick family, knew she needed to do something right away. So, she called the Adelaide and Hills Koala Rescue. Meanwhile, while the family waited for Koala Rescue to arrive, Taylah decided to name the koala Daphne. Of course, no one in the family could have known Daphne would soon become a social media sensation!
Believe it or not, at first, the staff at Adelaide and Hills Koala Rescue thought the McCormicks were playing a practical joke! “The call went through to our 24-hour hotlines and of course the operator at first thought it was a prank call,” co-founder Dee Hearne-Hellon said. “Apparently it took a little bit of convincing that, no, Amanda really did have a koala in her Christmas tree. It was just so gorgeous, seeing it sitting there, just looking.” Thankfully, the family eventually convinced the staff, and they came to pick the koala. Now, it’s in good health! The veterinarians believe that it merely wanted to snoop around the house and became lost!
“It’s not actually that hot, so (koalas) wouldn’t be seeking shade, particularly at the moment,” Hearne-Hellon said. “They are curious, and they are in the suburbs, and if they see something that they want to have a look at, they’ll just drop in and have a look.”
Before the rescue team took Daphne away, the McCormick family snapped some great photos and videos to remind them of the event. Now, after sharing the images and video online, Daphne has become a social media star! Social media loved the story, calling it the Christmas surprise that the world needs in 2020. Some even took pictures of their Christmas trees with koala plushies inside! Meanwhile, the family that fostered Daphne for a few hours in their Christmas tree said that they’ll be on the lookout if she ever comes back to snoop around the trees and bushes of their house.