Koalas avoid catastrophe at Ballarat

Koalas and quokkas avoided injury after a tree branch struck their enclosure today. File image.

Koalas and quokkas avoided injury after a tree branch struck their enclosure today. File image.

A GROUP of native animals is lucky to be alive after a seven metre long tree branch plunged into their enclosure at the Ballarat Wildlife Park on Tuesday afternoon. 

Ballarat SES was called to the scene after the limb of the blue gum fell into the enclosure about 1pm.

The two koalas and two breeding quokkas avoided injury.

Ballarat Wildlife Park owner Greg Parker said he was fortunate no-one was injured. 

"There were no serious injuries and not a lot of damage to the enclosure," Mr Parker said. 

"Gum trees are notorious for dropping branches." 

SES officer Frank Gillett said the crew was in the process of removing the tree limb. 

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