It was no April Fool’s Day prank when Teddy the koala decided the eucalyptus looked greener on the other side of the fence!
  • 1950s
  • 1960s

Teddy was one of four koalas that were brought from Australia to make a movie and then moved to the Zoo. They lived in an exhibit with large eucalyptus trees and spent most of their time in the treetops, munching three different kinds of fresh eucalyptus. However, there were eucalyptus trees on the other side of the fence surrounding their enclosure, too—and on April 1, 1953, Teddy climbed a sprinkler pipe, jumped from it to the fence, and headed to the top of a very tall eucalyptus 25 feet away from his exhibit. The Fire Department was called in to help, with a hook and ladder truck. Teddy was scooped up by his keeper and brought home again—and the escape route was removed.

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