Rejected koala insists on chasing dairy farmer

Koala chases Australian dairy farmer on quad bike

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Ebony Churchill was herding cows on a quad bike in western Victoria when she realized that a koala was walking nearby, she assumed that it was going from one tree to the next.

“He was close but then he started running towards me and I thought I better speed up,” she said.

“But the more I sped up, the faster he got.”

Despite all efforts, Ms Churchill could not get away from the koala. After a short but an interesting chase the farmer lost sight of the koala as she got off the bike, but found it hugging the rear tyre.

The farmer let it sit on the tyre for a while then she began herding the cows on foot. When she looked back, the koala got off the tyre and was walking away.

Ms Churchill said she was traveling about 10 km/h, when the koala started chasing her.

The video of the koala chasing the farmer has been shared more than 11,000 times on social media. Ms Churchill was screaming "Get away! Get away!" in the video.

The koala had followed Ms Churchill from a distance before, but it was the first time that it tried to chase her down to secure a hug.

“They’re very active this time of year,” she said. “He was a gorgeous koala — really, really cute.”

Director of Koala Ecology Group at the University of Queensland, Bill Ellis told the Sydney Morning Herald that this behaviour is unusual for koalas. They are more placid during daylight hours and do not approach humans and vehicles.

He also added that koalas could be very aggressive especially during their breeding season.

"A wild koala is quite a dangerous animal to deal with unless you know that you're doing. They've got sharp claws and really strong and very sharp teeth. They can do quite significant damage," he said.

But it does not seem like Ms Churchill agrees with him. She told The Advertiser that “He was in love with me and I rejected him so he chased me.”

TRTWorld and agencies