Adelaide: Male koala lets loose with a disturbing mating call in South Australia

Bernie the koala was ready for action – and he wanted every female without shouting distance to know it.

And should he did, letting loose a disturbing call to signal he was on the market for marsupial mating season. 

Video showed the koala near the Adelaide Koala Rescue Clinic in Campbelltown, South Australia, sitting at the bottom of a tree. 

Video showed the koala near the Adelaide Koala Rescue Clinic in Campbelltown, South Australia, sitting at the bottom of a tree

Video showed the koala near the Adelaide Koala Rescue Clinic in Campbelltown, South Australia, sitting at the bottom of a tree

Bernie could be heard making deep bellows that no one would expect to hear from such a cuddly-looking fellow.

He then quickly rushed up a tree to get a good vantage point to survey his mating options around the park.

Bernie continued to make the sound, similar to a frog, while up the tree. 

He then appeared to get distracted by some birds and slowed down the noises he was making.

‘You right now? You finished,’ a voice could be heard saying from behind the camera. 

Bernie continued to make the sound, similar to a frog, while up the tree

Bernie continued to make the sound, similar to a frog, while up the tree

Lee Warren spotted her ‘old mate’ Bernie lingering near the rescue where he had been rehabilitated for a few months before being released. 

‘He loves roaming around the area and letting his bellows out. Letting the ladies know he is around,’ she told Storyful.

Millions of koalas were killed in last summer’s bushfires that burned more than a billion native animals to death and destroyed much of their habitat.

So animal lovers will be hoping Bernie’s mating call attracts the attention of a fair few females of his species. 

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