BACK TO BUSH: Granite Belt Wildlife Carers helped rescue this koala in Stanthorpe and set it free.
BACK TO BUSH: Granite Belt Wildlife Carers helped rescue this koala in Stanthorpe and set it free. Contributed

Roadside rescue saves lonesome bear

A KOALA found sitting on the side of the road has been returned to a safe home in the bush, thanks to a diligent team of volunteers.

Granite Belt Wildlife Carers president Betty Balch received a call from a concerned resident in Stanthorpe on Sunday night, when a koala was found sitting on the side of the road, in danger of being hit by a car.

Ms Balch said it was mating season for koalas, which meant they were moving around more frequently.

"We get quite a few koalas around here and they are all moving around at the moment,” she said.

"This fellow was in town where there are dogs and cars.”

The koala was rescued and spent a night in the "carers' motel” to ensure he was safe and sound.

When he woke up the next morning, the carers returned him to a safe place in the wild.

Ms Balch said anyone who saw a koala in a dangerous spot was asked to call the Granite Belt Wildlife Carers and keep an eye on the animal so it could be located when they arrived.

If you see an animal in danger or in need of help, contact the GBWC rescue hotline on 0418144073.

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