Baby koala found in woman's bag during search

A koala peeks out form the top of a bag at the Upper Mount Gravatt Police station in Brisbane, Australia
A koala peeks out form the top of a bag at the Upper Mount Gravatt Police station in Brisbane, Australia

Australian police found a baby koala while searching the bag of a woman who was being arrested.

Police in Brisbane said that when they asked the 50-year-old woman if she had anything to declare on Sunday night, she handed over a zipped canvas bag that she said contained a baby koala.

The woman, who was arrested on "outstanding matters", said she found the male koala on Saturday night and had been caring for it since.

The woman was taken to a police station, while the koala - believed to be about six months old - was taken to a wildlife hospital in good health, though slightly dehydrated.

The baby koala weighs about 1.5 kilograms and has been named Alfred.