Koalas rescued from Sarabah bushfire by police still in RSPCA hospital

RESCUED: Protective mum Aisling and her joey Rupert are doing well today.

RESCUED: Protective mum Aisling and her joey Rupert are doing well today.

A KOALA and her joey rescued from the Sarabah bush fire by two police officers last week are now recuperating at the RSPCA Wildlife Hospital.

Carers have named the koala Aisling and her joey is called Rupert.

The adult koala arrived at hospital in a Wildcare ambulance with scorched fur and smoke inhalation.

RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said it had been "touch and go" at first for the mum.

"Aisling's main injuries are smoke-related," he said.

"It often takes two or three days before these injuries become evident, so it was touch and go for a while but she showed definite improvement yesterday.

"RSPCA applauds the ongoing work carried out by Wildcare and in particular the efforts of the two police officers who literally put their lives on the line to rescue the koalas," he said.

"The joey is definitely going to make it and mum looks much better today as well."

Aisling and Rupert how they were found near Canungra on Friday.

Aisling and Rupert how they were found near Canungra on Friday.

Canungra resident Derek Finch took a photo of the koala that went viral at the weekend.

"At first I thought it was a stump but when I got closer I could see it was a koala and her baby," he said.

"They looked in good order but when I went around the other side you could see she had been burned."

Senior Sergeant Peter Waugh from Beaudesert police station and Senior Sergeant Darren Ward from Jimboomba station.

Senior Sergeant Peter Waugh from Beaudesert police station and Senior Sergeant Darren Ward from Jimboomba station.

Senior Sergeant Peter Waugh from Beaudesert police station and Senior Sergeant Darren Ward from Jimboomba station, were on hand to rescue the pair and get them to safety.

Sergeant Waugh said the koala was being a good mum and holding tight to her joey.

"We managed to get them into the police vehicle, in the end we just put them in the back and hoped for the best," he said.

"It looked like mum was trying to climb forward but she couldn't get through the barrier so she just clung on there.

"At one point during the trip mum and baby became separated and they were crying out for each other."

The officers were able to hand the animals over to Wildcare, who got the pair to medical help at the RSPCA wildlife hospital.