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Cranky koala mauls kidnappers

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Four men who planned to abduct a koala from Rockhampton (Queensland) Zoo and trade it for drugs abandoned the heist when the animal proved to be extremely vicious and inflicted numerous wounds on the would-be abductors. The thieves, who are obviously no Einsteins, stole a furious 40-kg freshwater crocodile instead, somehow manhandling it over a 1.2-metre fence. The croc is still missing.

Why does this sound like something out of a Carl Hiassen novel?

www.smh.com.au/news/national/cranky-koala-meaner-than-stolen-croc/2006/03/29/1143441187263.html

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