A Scottish journalist was tricked into holding a dangerous ‘drop bear’ by cheeky animal rescuers at an Australian wildlife park .
Reporter Debi Edward, from Aberdeen , was visiting the team at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park amid the devastating bushfires.
In a clip shared by 7NEWS Australia, rescuer Sean Mulcahy tells Edward the creature is a close relative of the koala but larger with longer claws and fangs with a mild venom.
He also claims attacks by the animal are the “most common injury” reported by tourists.
He dresses Edward in a ‘drop bear suit’ and goggles to protect her from the vicious creature.
She can be heard telling the camera: “I’m a bit worried about why I need this level of protection.”
Rescuers bring the ‘drop bear’ out, which is actually a cuddly koala, and allows a terrified Edward to hold it.
She says: “Everybody looks very, very worried about this.”
“I’m trying not to be worried because I’m told he can sense if I’m worried.”
Rescuer Sean Mulcahy pretends the “drop bear” is about to strike the reporter and announces he is going to retrieve a dart gun.
A visibly panicked Edward demands the animal is taken off her.
Sean comes in to take the animal away, cuddling it and laughing as he reveals the prank.
Stunned Debi doubles over in laughter and says: “f*****’ Aussies!”
Mulcahy says the joke aims to raise awareness for the estimated 40,000 koalas killed in the bush fires.
A post with the video says: “In times of tragedy and incessant misery, sometimes humour is the best medicine.
“If you enjoyed this video, please don’t let Debi’s humiliation be in vain.
“Please donate directly to help the park who are treating these koalas.”
To donate visit here .