OUR very own Blinky Grille, also known as Bear Grilles and Timberwolf, is an international koala superstar, after his amazing survival tale was picked up by media all over Australia and the world.
"He's a true survivor," said Australia Zoo's Bindi Irwin, displaying chip-off-the-old-block enthusiasm, as she told the story to viewers all over Australia..
She explained to Channel Seven's Sunrise presenter David Koch that Timberwolf (as they insist on calling him) held on for 88km to the underside and grille of a car that hit him at highway speed near Maryborough, early on Friday morning.
The story also made ABC national news, the website publications Yahoo7 and Brisbane Times, the Bangkok Post, cable TV's Discovery News, Sky Channel and even a UK motoring publication, Sunmotors UK.
"He's doing really well," Bindi continued. "He lost a claw, which is a bit unfortunate, but that's healing back nicely."
She said he would have time to recover at the hospital before returning to the wild.