A koala among the passengers of a flight to Scotland

Un koala parmi les passagers d’un vol vers l’Écosse

Photo: Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) Agence France-Presse
Tanami, an adorable marsupial of 19 months, has left the Duisburg zoo in Germany and traveled over 1100 miles to join the Edinburgh zoo.

The passengers of a flight Düsseldorf-Edinburgh have had the surprise to see a koala in the cabin, with its own seat, travelling in the framework of a programme of conservation, has shared his zoo home Friday.

Tanami, an adorable marsupial of 19 months, has left the Duisburg zoo in Germany and traveled over 1100 miles to join the Edinburgh zoo.

“Koalas are animals very sensitive, so it is necessary to take specific measures when they are transported. They travel in the cabin and not in the cargo hold so that caregivers can ensure that all goes well during the flight, ” said Darren McGarry, head of animals at Edinburgh zoo.

The animal has travelled Thursday night in a cage, placed on a seat. The Edinburgh zoo has tweeted several pictures of the marsupial, which you can see hanging on a branch, surrounded by eucalyptus trees, its favorite food.

“We welcome travelers from all over the world to Edinburgh airport, but few are as special and cute as a koala,” responded the director of Edinburgh airport, Gordon Dewar.

Tanami exchange its place with that of Toorie, a young marsupial male living in Edinburgh zoo, and that will make the plane trip next week to Germany.

“Toorie will all miss us here at Edinburgh zoo, but we are proud to see it playing its role in the conservation of the species,” said Mr McGarry.

Koalas, animals emblematic of Australia, are in decline in this country. They are victims of climate change, loss of habitat, dog attacks, car accidents, forest fires, and infections with chlamydia.

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