Animals Video

By Nelson Groom

Confused motorists were left asking ‘why did the koala cross the road’ after one of the marsupials brought traffic to a standstill.

Footage shows the quintessentially Australian moment as the animal paused in the middle of a sun-kissed road in Adelaide, South Australia.

Music teacher Fiona Johnson said she confused the cuddly critter for a wayward dog when she was driving home on Wednesday [Oct 30] morning.

Mum-of-two Fiona, 39, said: “I haven’t got the foggiest why he stopped right in the middle of the road.

“He had no awareness of any threat, just stopped to do his thing and carried on when he felt like it.

“At first I thought it was dog that slipped out of its lead so I slowed down. When I saw what it was, I reached for my phone to show my daughter.”

Warmer weather has sent koalas on the move to find a mate, putting them at risk of being hit by cars while crossing roads.

Fiona said a female pedestrian made sure the marsupial made it out of harm’s way before she finished the drive home.

Fiona said: “This is mating season and unfortunately many koalas are hit by cars.

“No one wants koalas hurt so all the cars that were aware of it came to a stop until it made it to safety.

“We do see koalas in the gum trees near our house, but this is definitely the first time I’ve seen them doing this.”