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Koala attempts late night break and enter

Warren Lynam

IT WAS just another quiet Friday night in the O'Neill household at East Deep Creek last week when things took a very cute but bizarre turn.

Gympie businessman and Junior Rugby League president Nathan O'Neill was watching the Roosters play Melbourne Storm on the television, and he thought his wife Kellie was doing a few things out in the kitchen.

It was in the second half of the game that he heard some strange noises.

"I thought Kellie was moving some stuff around," he said yesterday.

After calling out to her to ask what she was doing Nathan quickly realised Kellie was, in fact, asleep in the bedroom.

"I thought 'something's going on here'." He went to investigate, and when he reached the security screen he could not quite believe his eyes.

"Next thing there's a koala on the screen door right in front of my face," he said.

He rushed back in to wake Kellie and tell her what was going on. She wouldn't believe him. "She told me 'don't be an idiot' and 'go away'."

The koala, which appeared to be fully grown and in good condition, seemed unperturbed by his incredulous, curious human company.

Nathan and Kellie spent the next 60-90 minutes watching and filming their would-be intruder while he (or she) did laps of the house, trying various doors and windows in an apparent effort to gain entry.

Even stranger, the O'Neills have lived in their home near Cedar Pocket for about 12 months - and Nathan's family has lived in that area for 20 years - and they have never seen koalas before.

"I am confused where it came from as we have hardly any trees on our property," Nathan said.

He and Kellie eventually left their visitor to his own devices and went to bed.

There was no sign of him the next morning.

Gympie Times

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