Anna Heuseler had been cycling towards Adelaide as part of a group on Friday, December 20 when they spotted the thirsty koala sitting in the middle of the road.
The temperatures had reached 40C, and the poor creature was clearly suffering, but, fortunately, he appeared to understand he had come across friends and scurried over to the group of cyclists.
In the video, the little koala can be seen clambering onto Anna’s bike and taking big gulps of water from her flask.
Speaking with 7News, Anna said it wasn’t uncommon to spot koalas out in the bushland, however she had been surprised by this particular animal’s reaction:
”We’ve seen literally hundreds of koalas over the years, we have never seen a koala do this. We were descending from Norton Summit Road back into the city early this morning and we came around a bend and there was a koala sitting in the middle of the road.
Naturally, we stopped because we were going to help relocate him off the road.
I stopped on my bike and he walked right up to me, quite quickly for a koala, and as I was giving him a drink from all our water bottles, he actually climbed up onto my bike.
None of us have ever seen anything like it.”
A code red was declared throughout South Australia on the very same day this footage was captured, with soaring temperatures taking a particular toll on the state’s homeless population.