To commemorate the Republic’s 50th birthday and 50 years of diplomatic ties with Singapore, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced on Thursday that four koalas will be loaned to the Singapore Zoo for six months.
The koalas will live in an enclosure specially built to suit their needs. Once the Singapore Zoo is able to support a koala colony, the gift will be made permanent.
Koalas Paddle, Pellita, Chan and Idalia will fly Qantas from Brisbane to Singapore.
The Australian carrier said that they will be sitting in “koala class”, and going by a photo preview posted on Facebook on Sunday, they could be lapping up a nice drink and chewing on eucalyptus leaves.
The koalas will in fact be flown in custom-built shipping capsules that are climate-controlled and equipped with a tree and high-quality eucalyptus leaves.