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Man fined for ramming tree to get koala

A young Australian man has been heavily fined for trying to dislodge a koala by ramming a tree with his Toyota Landcruiser.


Brett Grant Seabrook, 19, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing wildlife and endangering an animal, The Age reported. He was ordered to pay $2,800 Australian ($2,237 U.S.).

He could have received a much larger fine and 12 months in jail.

The incident took place in March at a campground in Barmah State Park in Victoria in southeast Australia. Greg Chant, a wildlife officer, said Seabrook found the koala near his campsite and put it in the tree after wrapping it in a blanket.

When the koala began making noises, he tried to get it down, first by hitting the branch with a stick and then by driving his Landcruiser into the tree.

His attorney said Seabrook thought the koala was hurt and was trying to help it, albeit in an inappropriate manner.

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2008/09/17/Man_fined_for_ramming_tree_to_get_koala/UPI-88221221634304/
 
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