Koala’s new home among the gum trees at Thurgoona

AN UNUSUAL SIGHT: The koala spotted in gum trees in Thurgoona over the weekend has appeared happy and healthy when WIRES members have checked on the animal. Picture: CAMERON BUTCHER

AN UNUSUAL SIGHT: The koala spotted in gum trees in Thurgoona over the weekend has appeared happy and healthy when WIRES members have checked on the animal. Picture: CAMERON BUTCHER

An unusual visitor has been spotted in Thurgoona in mysterious circumstances.

Koalas might be a common sight in bushland, but not so much in the gum trees of Corrys Road.

WIRES wildlife rescue member Cameron Butcher said the furry creature was discovered at 4am Sunday by a worker involved in developing the area.

Mr Butcher has been back most days to check up on the koala, who appeared to be content among the trees and had not moved very far.

“It was quite amazing because you don’t get them in this area,” he said.

“It’s a bit of a mystery.”

WIRES’ early theory was the koala moved to Thurgoona after land was cleared around the surrounding area.

The public was warned to not approach the koala.

Mr Butcher said the nearest sighting in the past had been near Corowa and reports usually turned out to be possums.

WIRES colleague Hazel Cook said the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage could not solve the mystery.

“It’s quite intriguing where this fella came from,” she said.

“We just want him to stay there.”

Developers have told The Border Mail all efforts were taken to mitigate environmental impacts during the recent clearing of land on Thurgoona Drive.