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The marsupial wasn’t behind the wheel — it was trying to cross a six-lane freeway.
Australian Reptile Park said health care for koalas was "more important now than ever" after the last devastating bushfire season.
A government-backed report said the iconic species is threatened by ongoing habitat loss and may disappear without "urgent" intervention.
As scores of koalas battle to recover from Australia's destructive fires, hopeful stories of survivors are emerging.
The $1,450 vessel was taken from Crowdy Bay National Park in New South Wales.
“The contrast between the current bushfire crisis and this sudden flooding is striking," said the director of the Australian Reptile Park.
The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital's page has already raised over $1 million.
At this rate, koalas could be extinct by 2040.