South Power supply company SA Power Networks said the marsupial was found at the Happy Valley Mastering Shelf on Saturday (14/07/2018) morning after its head snagged on an industrial metal fence.
The Koala was rescued by animal rescue teams – Fauna Rescue SA and St. Marys SA Power Networks.
The koalas were brought in for inspection and released back into the wild.
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Enterprise manager of SA Power Network, Paul Roberts said the poor little males koala was lucky not to die.
“It is certain he is a lucky koala for not entering the substation, if he goes to the substation, he will be under the threat of a very serious injury or death,” he said.
“The fact is that animals come to the power grid and if so some of them are killed by electricity because of high tension … especially in the substation.
“So maybe it’s a good thing this koala is stuck on the fence instead of getting in under the fence and entering the substation location.
“So he’s a lucky koala.”
Paul Robert said the koala was discovered by a passer-by who later notified the authorities, and the koala was also “well known to the fauna rescue team.
Fauna Rescue SA hotline operator Sally Selwood said it was not the first time she had received such a report.
“When our personnel arrived, they recognized the koala was repeatedly trapped in the fence,” he said.
“He already knows us because he’s been saved before, he’s got yellow ears.
“He seems to be a koala who likes to get into trouble.
“He’s been caught in a yard with a dog before, he seems to often find himself in a bad situation.”
He said the koalas – whom they had known since 2016 – were “not very smart” and in fact could have escaped from the fence if he sat down.
Weighing 9.4 kilograms, the “healthy” koala was released back into the wild in a nearby bushland and said it was common for koalas to find themselves in trouble with urban fences.
“They are in the suburbs because they have no habitats.”