People put random things in their backpacks -- gum wrappers, receipts, scrawled notes. But in a suburb of Brisbane, Australia, a woman tossed a baby koala in her bag.
"There are many firsts in our job and last night was one of those," Queensland Police said in a statement. The East Brisbane woman, 50, had already been arrested on unrelated charges Sunday in Wishart when she was asked if she had anything to declare.
"The woman handed over a zipped green canvas bag telling officers it contained a baby koala," police said. "Not quite believing their ears the officers cautiously un-zipped the bag and found this gorgeous boy."
Police are investigating the woman's claims that she simply found the baby koala, called a joey, and was just trying to take care of it.
It was dehydrated but otherwise in good health, the police statement said, and has been given fluids and will be taken to a carer selected by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or RSPCA.
The RSPCA dubbed the koala "Alfred," and police are using its cute photos to get the word out that wild animals should not be picked up.
"Often the animal may have no obvious signs of injury but it can have internal injuries that need immediate attention." the RSPCA said in the police statement.
When last seen, Alfred was apparently trying to log on to the internet.