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This cute jay-walking koala literally stopped traffic in Australia

A major highway in Australia was brought to a halt by a cute jay-walking koala and a Queensland policeman was needed to help escort the bear off the busy road.

It took the long arm of the law to eventually persuade the adorable marsupial to return to the comfort of a tree. The footage shows the koala calmly strolling down Brisbane Valley Highway, with traffic stopped in both directions, before a policeman shows up to try and escort it off the road.

The footage of the koala on Facebook has gone viral
The footage on Facebook has gone viral.  Image by Mike Phipps Facebook

The minute-long footage posted by couple Mike and Lee-Anne Phipps on Facebook has gone viral – the video has been viewed more than two million times – with further pictures showing the koala climbing to safety in a tree.

A Queensland policeman was needed to help escort the koala to safety
A Queensland policeman was needed to help escort the koala to safety

Although the koala looked a little unhappy about being moved along judging by its face.

Koalas are best known for spending most of their day curled up in a tree, so motorists were understandably happy to stop and watch the cuddly creature hop along the road.

(Press Association)