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A NINE-YEAR-OLD koala rescued from train tracks this morning would have been killed if not for the quick thinking of track workers.
Moreton Bay Koala Rescue volunteer Mike Fowler was called to tracks just south of Narangba around 6.15am after “Rowdy” was spotted by Queensland Rail workers.
A Brisbane-bound commuter train was forced to stop and reverse to Narangba station to switch tracks so that the koala could be rescued.
Mr Fowler said Rowdy, who has been previously tagged and released, was probably looking around for “one of his girls” when it got stranded on the tracks.
“[Koalas] don’t have much sense when it comes to tracks and roads unfortunately,” he said.
“He was healthy and in good condition. I would give him a body score of 6 out of 10, which is pretty good for this time of year,”
“He was in the middle of the tracks, there’s no doubt he would’ve been killed.”
Rowdy was removed from the tracks by the Queensland Rail workers before being handed over to Moreton Bay Koala Rescue.
Volunteer rescuer Mike Fowler then released Rowdy in a safe spot within a kilometre of where he was found.
Queensland Rail confirmed the train was “slightly delayed” due to the incident.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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