A South Australian man has captured the moment a parched koala approached him as he cycled through bushland and stopped to share a drink from his water bottle.
The founder of vegan website '30 Bananas a Day', Harley Johnstone, filmed the rare wildlife encounter at Norton Summit in the Adelaide Hills around 7.30am (CST) on the morning of March 7.
The 36-year-old said he had previously tried to approach koalas in the wild but they usually scurried away as soon as he would get close.
"It was a hot morning and quite dry when I saw the koala," Mr Johnstone told ninemsn.
"I just saw this guy on the ground and when I stopped he didn't run away,".
The video shows the marsupial circle Mr Johnstone's bicycle curiously before it sits down in front of the bike, which is leaning against the guardrail on the side of the road.
Thinking the animal may have been thirsty the cyclist took out his water bottle and slowly drizzled its contents into the koala's mouth , which it lapped up eagerly.
Mr Johnstone said he spent about 20 minutes with the koala before it wandered back into the bush.
He said he believed the koala was a male and at least five years old, given its size.
Posted earlier this week, the video has gained international exposure on news websites around the world.
Mr Johnstone said he was somewhat surprised by the video's popularity online but could understand why it struck a chord with viewers.
"I think everyone wants to interact with wild animals like this so a lot of people could relate to it and appreciate it," he said.
Sources: Harley Johnstone
Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Matthew Henry