Koalas In Care call for caution during breeding season

Magic moment: Look to the trees when you wander the quiet streets of Tinonee! The small town on the Bucketts Way is home to a community of koalas and this magic moment was photographed by Geoff Richards.

Magic moment: Look to the trees when you wander the quiet streets of Tinonee! The small town on the Bucketts Way is home to a community of koalas and this magic moment was photographed by Geoff Richards.

A picture perfect quintessential Australian wildlife moment delighted Geoff Richards of Tinonee.

On Sunday he enjoyed the unwavering gaze of a baby koala who was protectively wrapped in the arms of its mother as they nestled in a tree growing near his yard fence line in Manchester Street. He captured the magic moment and the Manning River Times quickly acted to share the fabulous photo with our community on Facebook – more than 420 people clicked ‘Like’, ‘Love’ and ‘WOW’ reactions to the image and it was shared an additional 65 times.

Koalas in Care founder, Christeen McLeod saw the photo and acted to urge caution.

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“The best thing for mum and her baby is to leave them alone. Hovering around the tree can be quite stressful to mum and this can cause problems such as separation or abandonment of her baby. Enjoy these beautiful creatures from a distance,” Christeen said.

Koalas in Care is a 24 hour rescue service and it can be reached on 6552 2183. If there is no answer, call 0439 406770.