KEARNEYS Spring commuters barely managed to avoid hitting a koala forced from its habitat yesterday.
The koala dashed across Nelson St from the direction of a housing development, where trees have been cleared in recent times to make way for construction.
Residents Judy Young and Robyn Cameron watched the creature scarper up a tree on the corner of Pixie St outside her home.
But their calls to several animal protection services for help soon turned to frustration.
Mrs Young said the services were unable to help, until Cabarlah group Return to the Wild came to the rescue.
"No one will come unless it's sick or injured. Well, he's going to be," Mrs Young said.
"If he comes down he's going to be killed. It's right next to a busy road."
Return to the Wild president Clare Gover conducted the rescue with two volunteers and said the young female koala was in good health.
She said the growing development in Toowoomba had unwelcome side effects for the city's koala population.
"There's development going on every where, and every single tree that's taken down is a threat to them," Mrs Gover said.
"It may not be much habitat, but (tree clearing) has a detrimental effect on the koalas that are there.
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"When you take down one tree, it could be the very tree they could be relying on for their feed.
"People may not realise they're on the fringe of town.
"Sooner or later she would have gone back to find food, and there were dogs and cars everywhere. It's really distressing."
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