When a NSW woman came home one chilly day this winter the last thing she expected to see was a koala snuggled up next to her heater. Find out what happened next!

What would you do if you found a koala in your lounge room? According to koala experts there is an increasing trend of koalas being discovered in people’s garages, roofs and in the backyards. Where will one turn up next?!

There has been a bit of a cold snap so who's to blame poor “Tuff” the koala who nipped into a cosy coastal Port Stephens home in NSW for a break from the chilly weather. This cheeky young male koala is believed to have snuck in through the doggy door.

Vicki Haines and her partner Michelle discovered the mischievous marsupial last week when they arrived home and Michelle unexpectedly yelled, “there’s a koala on the coach!” The surprised pair did the right thing by keeping their distance as koalas can use their long claws to inflict severe scratches. They also called a native animal expert from the Hunter Koala Preservation Society who came to safely relocate the cute kola.

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What would you do if you found “Tuff” in your home? (Image: Vicki Haines Facebook/Dr Chris Brown)

Seated comfortably next to the heater in the lounge room “Tuff” was clearly wondering what all the fuss was about. After a lovely visit and feeling a lot warmer after his break from the cold, he was microchipped and released safely back into the wild to join his friends.

What would you have done?

Watch an adorable koala joey play in a baby basket here

Koala fast facts

  • Koalas are marsupial, or a pouched mammal (not bears!) 
  • Once a baby koala is born its mother carries her little one in her pouch for roughly six months. 
  • Their average life span is 20 years and average weight is 9kg. 
  • Koalas can sleep for up to 18 hours a day.
  • Koalas are herbivores and love munching on eucalyptus leaves, especially at night. They eat roughly one kilogram of leaves per day and have been known to keep leaves in pouches in their cheeks for when they are ready for a snack.

Ever seen a koala jump? Watch a very cute koala symphony here!

Have you ever had an unexpected encounter with a koala? Let us know in the comments section below.

Feature image: Viki Haines Facebook/Dr Chris Brown