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Guys Spot Stranded Koala And Know What They Have To Do

"At first I thought it was a stuffed toy."

Two members of the coast guard in Australia were out on their boat on Sunday when they spotted something furry clinging to a wooden post in the water. 

As Sean Hannam and Gary Sissons moved closer, they saw that the furball was a koala, and he was shivering. 

Stranded koala
Sean Hannam
Stranded Koala
Sean Hannam

“I saw the koala on the mooring and at first I thought it was a stuffed toy,” Sean Hannam, a crew member on the boat, told local news.

Hannam and Sissons knew they couldn't just leave him there. He was obviously tired and stranded after swimming out there (koalas actually can swim, but not all that well) and was disoriented about to how to get back on dry land.

Stranded koala
Sean Hannam

The men managed to wrap the koala in a blanket and lift him into their boat. 

“We turned the engine off and I threw a blanket over him while I was standing on the ladder at the back of the boat," Hannam said.

Other crew members had to stand on the opposite side of the boat from the koala so that it didn't capsize while Hannam reached for the furry animal. “The koala didn’t struggle and we took him ashore.”

Koala being rescued
Sean Hannam
Koala being rescued
Sean Hannam

Hannam put the bundled-up koala on land and he looked back for a moment before walking away, almost as if to thank the people who helped him.

Koala being rescued
Sean Hannam

"He got to walk away gracefully," Hannam wrote about the koala on Facebook, under the pictures he posted of the rescue. And in response to the "good job" comments, he replied: "Just the conservationist in me." 

Rescued koala
Sean Hannam