1029 GMT June 25, 2022
The McCormick family was first alerted to the koala’s presence by its dog, who immediately went to the tree and began ‘sniffing around’. There were also several baubles littered on the floor, metro.co.uk reported.
It then looked up and saw the marsupial, who it later named Daphne, clinging onto the branches and attempting to eat the fake leaves.
Taylah McCormick, 16, told the Guardian: “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.”
The family rang charity 1300 KOALAZ and they came to the house to rescue Daphne — once the family managed to convince them it wasn’t a prank call.
It shared pictures of the koala in the tree on its social media, writing that she had been ‘desperate to get into the Christmas spirit’.
Its post read: “[The koala] wandered into Amanda McCormick’s house and decided it wanted to be the fairy on the Christmas tree. Amanda was not so sure and rang us for help.
“Thanks Amanda for the great pictures and making sure this little koala got its wish, even if it was just for a short while.”
Daphne was gently eased off the tree and wrapped in a towel, before being released into a nearby bushy area.