Our friendly koala comes and goes, staying for a day or two then disappearing for a time - over a week this last time. Our neighbour who keeps an eye out reported that he was on the ground under a nearby tree, so I went to check it out.
Sure enough there he was - our big boy Kenneth. He wasn't in a hurry to get up his tree, so I snapped him quickly.
He did start to climb, but very slowly and seemed to be struggling. I thought he might have been hurt, but there was nothing obvious. We have had very dry, hot days and koalas have been looking for water, which they don't usually need as they get most of their liquid needs from the eucalypt leaves. In some areas they have come onto patios and verandas looking for water and one was even caught with his head in a toile where the door had been left open.
I filled a bowl with water and took it back to find that he had gone further up the tree.
Someone asked how I can tell it's Kenneth. Have a look just below his nostrils - there is a pink and black speckled area. Our other visitors haven't had this, so that's how I identify him - plus his size, he is quite a big fellow.