In Australia, we use the term backyard loosely. It could mean anything from the space behind your house to your entire state.
I found this adorable little endangered species in the small wooded area that surrounds the housing development I live in. As it’s less than 10 minutes from my house, I’m calling it my backyard.
When I first caught sight of him/her sauntering across the footpath and into the trees, I thought I was looking at a cat, as I got closer I realised – I wasn’t.
Knowing how rare it is to see koalas in the wild at all (let alone one strolling around the suburbs), I pulled out my phone and got a few seconds of footage and a pretty great photo (if I do say so myself).
The koala must have sensed I had what I needed because as soon as I got my shot it crawled down the spindly trunk of the emaciated Eucalyptus and disappeared into the bush. Hopefully, it is now lounging in a bigger, healthier tree far away from prying eyes, cameras and stray dogs.
If you’re interested I’ve added the video. It’s got a handheld shakiness that is very Blair Witch Project but I think the pay-off is worth the potential motion sickness.