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Australian Police Find Koala In Suspect's Purse

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A koala shall not suffer for the sins of his mother.

At least that’s what Australian police decided Sunday night, when they arrested a woman on “outstanding matters” and found she had a baby koala in her purse.

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Alfred the koala is shown at a police station in South Brisbane, Australia on Sunday night.

Officers in South Brisbane asked the 50-year-old if she had anything to declare before they brought her to the station, the force said on its website. She handed over a zipped bag and said there was a baby koala inside.

“Not quite believing their ears the officers cautiously un-zipped the bag and found this gorgeous boy,” police said. “There are many firsts in our job and last night was one of those.”

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Police officers in South Brisbane, Australia found themselves caring for a koala Sunday night after finding him in a suspect's bag.

The woman told officers that she found the critter the night before and was caring for him. He’s in good health, police said, but was a bit dehydrated.

“He weighs 1.5 kg and we’ve called him Alfred,” police said.

Alfred has been given fluids and will be transferred to a carer shortly.

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