If you saw a koala on its travels to an unusual location in the heart of Wauchope, the koala hospital wants to hear from you.
A resident found the healthy but terrified female koala sitting in a camphor laurel tree stump in the backyard of a home across the road from Wauchope Public School on Sunday, September 13.
That location is not known for koalas.
Wauchope Jade is now in the care of the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.
The koala hospital's clinical director, Cheyne Flanagan, said you couldn't get any more CBD-central in Wauchope and there was not a koala food tree to be seen.
She described Wauchope Jade as a lovely, healthy young female koala.
"We are really at a loss what to do with this young female as to where to release her," Ms Flanagan said.
"We've got three definite locations the koala could have come via but the mystery of it is you would think somebody would have seen the koala in her travels to get to this very unusual position.
"It is just really odd or it is life-changing and there are more koalas than we thought and they are starting to disperse because of development pressures that are happening in the township of Wauchope."
Another koala - a healthy young male - was found in Glenview Park estate on the fringe of Wauchope in 2018.
Ms Flanagan encourages anyone who saw Wauchope Jade on its travels to contact Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.
"Koalas are in serious decline so every single animal is critically important to the survival of the species," she said.
Meanwhile, four Port Macquarie SES members were tasked to a koala rescue off the Oxley Highway near Lake Road at 11pm on Saturday after police requested assistance.
The koala had been hit by a car and retreated up a tree in shock with its injuries.
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