A rescued koala became an honorary officer for a day near Melbourne, Australia, and even got an official uniform.
To be totally honest, the koala was probably more confused about the situation than anything else. As a species, koalas got the short end of the evolutionary stick and have brains that find it difficult to parse certain concepts like object permanence or time. Putting a hat on the little guy probably freaked him so far out that he could barely think to move, let alone try to escape.
But hey, it’s a koala in a police uniform, and that’s too adorable to bring evolutionary science into it, right?
Last month, a police patrol stopped in the wee hours of the morning on October 26th to rescue an injured koala. Senior Constable Greg Kew noticed the poor animal on the side of the road near Warnambool and decided that he needed a hand.
“We got out to have a look at it and we noticed a pool of blood on the ground behind it,” he told Yahoo7 news in an interview.
It soon became clear that the koala had been struck by a car, or at the very least given a glancing blow. There was blood around his eyes and a dried patch near his hind claws.
But even injured, Kew was cautious when approaching the marsupial. He’d heard tales that koalas can be vicious when injured, and even though their long claws are mostly for gripping tree bark, they can still do a number on delicate human skin.
To build a rapport with the injured animal, Kew approach slowly and began patting its back. Then he continued to offer pets, and when the koala didn’t turn and claw his face off, he scooped the little guy up in his arms and carried him back to his van to be driven back to Warnambool Station.
Ok. We know koalas are not technically bears, but bear with us…— Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) October 26, 2018
Warnambool police named this floofy boy Constable T. Bear after rescuing him from the side of Caramut Road in Woodford early this morning. C/ T. Bear had been hit by a car and was injured. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/qcR1OcjyQQ
He was gently put in the back of the van, conveyed to the station, wrapped in towels and housed in a cardboard box.— Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) October 26, 2018
Wildlife rescue collected him a few hours later. C/ T. Bear* is expected to make a full recovery.
*We know koalas are not bears. Don't @ us. (2/2)
Once there, officers dressed him up in towels and a hat and gave him the name “Constable Teddy Bear.” Pictures were posted to the Victoria Police Department Twitter feed, with the note stating that they were aware that koalas are not bears, and to not @ them.
Constable Teddy Bear was also given other names such as "Caramello", so named after the road where he was found.
After taking official photos, wildlife rescue arrived to take the good Constable for a check-up. He was given a full bill of health and after a few days of healing, they let him loose near the area where he was found.