Koala gets caught trying to steal a Land Rover

Eats, shoots, and leaves.


Aja Romano

Internet Culture

Published Feb 24, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 11:21 am CDT

An enterprising Australian teenager knew just what to do when he came home on Monday to discover a koala attempting to steal a Land Rover.

What did the hero child do? He took pictures and alerted the press. (We, the press, are very grateful.)

15-year-old Sam Box lives on a sheep farm in the outback, near Geelong, Victoria. Yesterday he arrived home from school and found the koala calmly sitting in his family’s rover, steering the wheel. 

Box attempted to scare the koala away, but the animal didn’t get the message.

“He was checking me out as much as I was checking him out,” Box told 9 News.

After the koala was done posing for the photoshoot, Box simply opened the car door. The koala, apparently abandoning its dreams of a joyride, hopped out and went on its way.

You can see more photos of Koala versus Car at 9 News.

Photo via g_kat256/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Feb 24, 2015, 4:57 pm CST