A Queensland woman received a brutal shock when the cute koala she tried to cuddle by the roadside suddenly attacked her.
The video, posted to TikTok on Thursday, has already received more than a million views.
In the video, captioned ‘Talking to a Bear Gone Wrong’, the person filming the scene can be heard saying, “This female dog is trying to talk to a fucking koala… it’s about to fuck her day up and I’m there.
In the TikTok video, a woman can be seen approaching a koala that was sitting on the side of the road
In the video, the woman is seen approaching the koala after spotting him sitting on the side of a busy highway.
She then appears to be talking to the marsupial as she crouches.
But as she approaches, seeming to want to hug the animal, the koala becomes alarmed and pounces on the woman.
As she tries to back up, the woman loses her balance and falls to the ground.
The koala then starts attacking her while she is on the road.
As the koala goes on the offensive, the person behind the camera is heard shouting, “Get them! Get them! Hahaha.’
After crouching down as if she was about to give the koala a hug, he became aggressive and lunged at the woman, forcing her to the ground as she tried to back away (pictured)
Koalas are more likely to become aggressive and attack humans if they feel threatened or a human is about to attack them.
Many who commented on the video suggested the woman’s reckless approach to the native animal indicated she was likely an American, though it’s unclear where she is from.
“When Americans come to Australia,” one person said.
“Tell me you’re not from Australia without telling me you’re not from Australia,” another commented.
“If any Americans ask me if the cubs are real, I’ll send them this,” a third commented.
WHY KOALAS BECOME AGGRESSIVE
Threats to their young:
One of the main reasons koalas become aggressive is when they sense a potential threat to their offspring.
When koalas sense a human approaching their cubs or trying to touch them, they may become aggressive and prepare for an attack.
Koalas are very territorial animals, so any encroachment on their territory can produce an aggressive response.
Threats to their own safety:
Like all other animals, koalas will also become aggressive if they perceive they are threatened or at risk of being attacked.
Source: Ranger Planet (rangerplanet.com)