Missing koala Orana found after reportedly being stolen from Adventure World

Samantha RogersThe West Australian
VideoA koala allegedly stolen from Adventure World has been found.

A koala has been found after reportedly being stolen from Adventure World and released into nearby bushland.

Orana was found in the branches of a tree just before 5pm today after a desperate search was launched in the Bibra Lake area.

The alleged brazen theft was reportedly filmed and posted on Snapchat last night, with the amusement park open until 11pm as part of their AW Nights event.

The Aussie Wildlife Experience was not in operation during the event.

WA Police confirmed they received a report and search efforts were underway to locate the koala.

Missing koala Orana.
Camera IconMissing koala Orana. Credit: Facebook

In a social media post today, a woman who claimed to be the sister of a former Adventure World worker sent out an urgent call for help, saying the koala needs medication or will be “will be dead within the day”.

“Many of you know my sister... worked at Adventure World for many years with the wildlife,” the post read.

“She had a very special bond with many of the animals but none more so than the beautiful Orana, the koala.

“Last night somebody stole Orana from Adventure World and released her into nearby bushland.

“She is on medication and will be dead within the day if she isn’t found.

“If you have some time to head over that way and help join the search, please do... Please help find this beautiful treasure”.

Search efforts were reportedly being concentrated near the roundabout near Hope Road and Progress Drive in Bibra Lake, and around North Lake Road behind the Ice Centre. It is still unclear where the koala was found.

Adventure World is home to an abundance of Australian wildlife including kangaroos, dingoes, an emu, a wombat and koalas, with a koala experiences on offer from $25.

The public are not permitted to hold the koalas as part of the experience “for the comfort of our koalas”.

Adventure World has been contacted for comment.

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