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Aug 28, 2012 2:02 PM by Lacey Steele

Koala hitches a ride on a canoe in Australia to the surprise of many on board

A surprise for a group of canoeists in Australia's Gold Coast over the weekend.

This koala bear surprised the paddlers by hitching a ride with them.

While koalas can swim, they usually prefer not to.

This koala may have felt trapped on the bank of the tidal creek and felt the canoe was its best chance for escape.

The shocked canoeists helped the koala on board and then released it at a local golf course where koalas are known to live in the gum trees.

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