WILDLIFE CARER: Clare Gover's footage of koalas in danger has appeared on the BBC.
WILDLIFE CARER: Clare Gover's footage of koalas in danger has appeared on the BBC. Tara Miko

Toowoomba woman's footage of koalas in danger goes viral

CLARE Gover works to ensure koalas don't disappear from the wild and her dramatic footage of koalas in trouble has been viewed by 1.5 million people.

Ms Gover has had a career in wildlife for more than 35 years and has specialised in koala protection for the past 17 years.

She is the founder of the not-for-profit organisation Return to the Wild which she runs from her Cabarlah home.

She rescues and provides critical care and rehabilitation for the animals and then returns them to the wild.

Ms Gover has been working closely with conservation group WWF-Australia recently, after the organisation came across her website.

The BBC ran a program earlier this month about WWF warning that koalas could be wiped out in some Australian states amid deforestation and increasing attacks by livestock.

Ms Gover's footage of koalas getting themselves into unusual situations appeared in the program and has been viewed 1.5 million times.

The video shows a koala being attacked by a herd of cows and stuck up a power pole.

She said it was a powerful video because it showed that the koalas could get themselves into all sorts of situations.

"What the story is trying to portray is that koalas can get themselves into unusual situations where they can end up in danger," she said.

"Most people are not aware of this and simply think of dog attacks, of them getting hit by cars, but there are so many more dangers out there."

For more information on Return to the Wild visit returntothewildinc.org.au.


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