Royal pair get to grips with koalas

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall met koalas in Adelaide

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall met koalas in Adelaide

First published in National News © by

The Duchess of Cornwall has been left smitten after cuddling a koala with the Prince of Wales.

Camilla cradled Matilda, a nine-month-old orphan, and said she wanted to take the tiny furry creature home with her.

Charles was more pragmatic and joked about the koalas' reputation for having weak bladders when he was handed Kao, aged four. "Something ominous will run down," he said.

Koala rescue volunteers Warren and Rae Campbell had brought the animals to Government House in Adelaide for the royal couple to meet.

The two animals were busily munching eucalyptus leaves as they hung on to the Campbells when the royal couple walked onto a veranda at the historic building. The couple offered them to the Prince and Duchess, with Camilla saying to Charles as she gestured to Kao "you take the big one, darling".

The koala's were wrapped in cloth pouches and as the Duchess held her tiny animal she joked: "They've got their nappies on."

The Prince's koala faced away from him and he said: "I can't see this one at all, he's looking down all the time."

Camilla affectionately stroked the tiny joey koala in her arms during the five-minute meeting and Charles held his animal a little closer the longer the encounter went on.

Mrs Campbell, 68, from Trott Park, Adelaide, and her 74-year-old husband have been rescuing and looking after Australian wildlife for more than 50 years. The couple volunteer for Fauna Rescue of South Australia - a leading wildlife conservation group - and often travel hundreds of miles a week to rescue endangered animals.

Mr Campbell joked: "The Duchess said we've got them in nappies but I said we didn't want to pay their dry cleaning bill."


Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree