A koala has reportedly been stolen from Adventure World and released into nearby bushland, with a desperate search underway to locate missing Orana.
The alleged brazen theft was reportedly filmed and posted on Snapchat last night, with the Bibra Lake amusement part open until 11pm as part of their AW Nights event.
The Aussie Wildlife Experience was not in operation during the event.
WA Police has confirmed they have recieved a report and search efforts are underway to locate the koala.
In a social media post today, a woman who claims to be the sister of a former Adventure World worker, Klara Donovan, sent out an urgent call for help, saying the koala needs medication or will be “will be dead within the day”.
“Many of you know my sister Steph worked at Adventure World for many years with the wildlife,” the post read.
“She had a very special bond with many of the animals but none more so than the beautiful Orana, the koala.
“Last night somebody stole Orana from Adventure World and released her into nearby bushland.
“She is on medication and will be dead within the day if she isn’t found.
“If you have some time to head over that way and help join the search, please do… Please help find this beautiful treasure”.
Search efforts are reportedly being concentrated near the roundabout near Hope Road and Progress Drive in Bibra Lake, and around North Lake Road behind the Ice Centre.
Adventure World is home to an abundance of Australian wildlife including kangaroos, dingoes, an emu, a wombat and koalas, with a koala experiences on offer from $25.
The public are not permitted to hold the koalas as part of the experience “for the comfort of our koalas”.
Adventure World has been contacted for comment.