'I had to jump in' - Aussie cyclist saves drowning koala from river

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An Aussie cyclist has turned animal rescuer after pulling a drowning koala bear from a river.

Muzammil Patel was taking part in the Great Victorian Bike Ride when he pulled into a campsite alongside the Barham River yesterday.

Another rider alerted him to the koala, which was bobbing in the water with just its snout sticking out.

Mr Patel managed to push it back towards shore with a large branch, before pulling it to safety at the edge of the slow-moving river.

"There was no other option, I had to jump in and save the koala. It looked like it was going to drown," Mr Patel told Nine.

"It felt beautiful. The lady who spotted him was crying after she saw the koala had been saved."



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