Lost Baby Koala Rescued By Golden Retriever — And The Photos Are Adorable

Published October 5, 2018
Updated February 10, 2023

An orphaned koala found his way to the fluffy, gentle back of Asha the golden retriever, whom the koala refused to leave until forcibly removed.

Golden Retriever Rescues Baby Koala

Asha the retriever is dubious of the little joey on her back.

Australia has recently been the buzz with a feel-good story featuring a golden retriever and an orphaned koala.

Asha, the heroic golden, went viral after pictures of her comforting a lost baby koala were posted to social media – and for good reason. The pictures are adorable:


“It was quite early in the morning, and my husband yelled out to me to come have a look at something,” Kerry McKinnon recalled. “I didn’t know what he was talking about at first but then I saw this tiny koala snuggled on top of Asha.”

Golden Retriever And Koala Cuddle

Kerry McKinnon/FacebookThe baby koala has truly wound himself in Asha’s fur.

Temperatures in Strathdownie in Western Victoria where McKinnon and her very good girl live can often plummet to just 41 degrees in the early hours. It is likely that the baby koala became separated from its mother’s pouch and sought warmth nearby – which just happened to be a sleeping Asha outside.

“He would have just wandered over to our back porch and seen the dogs in their beds, then decided to snuggle in Asha’s fur because it’s nice and warm.”

McKinnon believes the baby koala could easily have died from the cold had he not found Asha, “The poor thing could have been taken by a fox or something too,” she added.

Baby Koala Closeup

Kerry McKinnon/FacebookThe doe-eyed joey looks nice and cozy.

The cuddly pair were not easy to separate as the koala began to hiss and “fuss” when McKinnon reached for it. Eventually, a local koala carer was called and the baby ‘joey’ is in good hands. But, Asha will certainly be missed.

Koala Closeup

Kerry McKinnon/FacebookThe koala is reluctantly separated from Asha.

“I think it would have been happy to have just slept there all day.”

McKinnon appears proud of her gentle retriever, as perhaps she should be. We would all be happy to receive such a cuddle from Asha.

Next up in all-things-animals, check out this gallery of extinct animals that could be cloned back into existence. Then, read about the world’s most dangerous creatures.

Leah Silverman
A former associate editor for All That's Interesting, Leah Silverman holds a Master's in Fine Arts from Columbia University's Creative Writing Program and her work has appeared in Catapult, Town & Country, Women's Health, and Publishers Weekly.
John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.