A Traffic-Stopping Act of Kindness: A Koala’s Safe Crossing of Gold Coast Highway

On a busy traffic day in Burleigh Heads, Queensland, a kind-hearted man stopped traffic to ensure the safe crossing of a koala into the safety of the forest on the other side. Will Thornton was enjoying a cup of coffee with his wife on their balcony when he spotted the koala determined to cross the bustling highway on its own. With drivers slowing down to let him pass, Will halted all traffic and waved them through when it was safe for the koala to continue its journey.

Man stops traffic to help koala safely cross the gold coast highway.

The koala crossed five lanes of traffic with only Will’s help. After making it safely across, it climbed up into a gum tree and waited until it felt secure enough to continue on its journey. It was an inspiring moment for those who witnessed this act of kindness in action. Will Thornton had taken it upon himself to save one special creature from potential harm, and he succeeded!

Watch this brave man stop traffic to guide a koala across the five-lane Gold Coast highway in Australia


Since then, Will has been praised by locals and visitors alike for his selfless act. He saved this animal’s life, but he remains humble about what happened that day. “He just sort of kept going so I had to try and stop the traffic. I didn’t really know what the hell I was doing,” he said during an interview with Gold Coast Bulletin. “It’s a busy stretch of road. I tried to get him across the road safely and try not to get myself hurt.”

Will Thornton’s selfless act of kindness is an inspiring tale that reminds us all how important it is to look out for each other – especially our furry little friends in need! His actions remind us that there are still plenty of good people out there. People who will go above and beyond just like Will did for this little koala crossing Gold Coast Highway. It certainly could have been a dangerous journey without his help. We should all strive to be more like him every day!

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