A koala was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning, detained in a police station, and given severe warnings.

At about 2 o'clock in the morning yesterday, the koala was found shuttled in traffic in Campbelltown, NSW, keeping the police busy for a while.

Senior Police Officer Barry from the NSW Police Canine Team was the first to arrive at the scene. There is a detailed description of the incident on the Police Canine Team’s Facebook page.

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"Senior Officer Barry stopped and told Koala that it was a dangerous thing to shuttle in the driveway," the post said.

"Koala did not follow the advice and did not move away. The police officer gave many verbal warnings, but Koala still refused to follow."

"The local police in Campbelltown arrived and launched a hunt." "The koala was eventually arrested and placed safely in a police car."

The police subsequently consulted RSPCA, who advised them to release the koala in a suitable place away from the traffic in Campbelltown.

"The last time the koala was seen was when it was secretly transferred from a police car, leaving behind a handcuff."

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