SLEEPY TIME: This small koala was stopping traffic out the front of Woolworths, Byron Bay, on Tuesday morning.
SLEEPY TIME: This small koala was stopping traffic out the front of Woolworths, Byron Bay, on Tuesday morning. Christian Morrow

Koala cutie rescued from tree outside Byron Bay Woolies

A YOUNG koala created a scene in Byron Bay on Tuesday when she took up residence in a tree in the Woolworths car park.

The female, estimated to be about three years old, was eventually removed and relocated to a safer position within her roaming territory.

"She was in a tree right on Jonson St and she needed to be moved," Friends of the Koala's Pat Barnidge said.

"We were also worried about her as it was Melbourne Cup day and the possibility of something being thrown at her by drunk passers-by."

A Friends of the Koala volunteer sat on vigil, watching the koala for eight hours before the koala could be relocated after being caught about 4pm.

The koala was a "beautifully healthy female" which was mostly likely on the run from male koalas, as it is breeding season.

"Three weeks ago we had another female in a tree opposite Tursa (Fletcher St) in Byron Bay and last Thursday there was a big male at the Byron Bay Farmers' Market," she said.

"He wasn't sick, so we decided not to relocate him."

During breeding season it is not uncommon to see increased koala movements in urban areas.


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