Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Last of Her Kind, but Time Finally Ran out for Harper

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Last of Her Kind, but Time Finally Ran out for Harper

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Byline: Patrick Williams

ONE of the best known koalas of Hastings St has died.

Harper, who has lived in the tourist hotspot for the past decade, died of natural causes last week.

She was thought to be at least 12 years old.

Harper was often spotted hanging out between Lions Park and the Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club.

Despite relocation efforts in the past, she always found her way back to the hustle and bustle of Hastings St.

Sunshine Coast Koala Wildlife Rescue volunteer Murray Chambers yesterday confirmed her death.

He said she was one of the last to call Hastings St home.

aShe fell out of her tree and thatas when we got the call. When I saw her I knew she was in a lot of trouble,a he said. aShe was just skin and bones.

aI near cried when I saw her sitting on the ground.a

Mr Chambers said Harper died that night.

Koala activist group Koala Diaries volunteer Carolyn Beaton said Harper was the oldest surviving koala in the Noosa area that they knew of. …

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