September 17, 2017 13:09 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Koala in Adelaide gets stuck in car's wheel arch for 16km

An Adelaide koala has miraculously survived a deathly 16 kilometre journey while she was stuck in the wheel of a car and escaped with minor injuries, leaving rescuers stunned.

A koala has miraculously survived a deathly 16 kilometre journey while she was stuck in the wheel of a car.

The koala was firmly wedged inside the wheel arch of an Adelaide driver's car, leaving rescuers stunned.

Jane Brister from Fauna Rescue SA told Daily Mail Australia she was expecting the worst when she received the call.

A koala has miraculously survived a deathly 16 kilometre journey while she was stuck in the wheel of a car (pictured)

A koala has miraculously survived a deathly 16 kilometre journey while she was stuck in the wheel of a car (pictured)

The koala was firmly wedged inside the wheel arch of an Adelaide driver's car (pictured)

The koala was firmly wedged inside the wheel arch of an Adelaide driver's car (pictured)

Jane Brister from Fauna Rescue SA said she could smell burning fur when she arrived at scene 

Jane Brister from Fauna Rescue SA said she could smell burning fur when she arrived at scene 

'I've done hundreds of rescues but nothing like that,' Ms Brister said. 

'Upon arrival I was aware of the smell of burnt fur which added to the trauma of the situation.'

The koala, named Kelly after one of the rescuers, is believed to have been stuck under the wheel for up to an hour.  

'She was wedged in very, very tight so I got underneath car with a head torch and all I could see was a furry lump amoungst the axle,' Ms Brister told Daily Mail Australia.

'I could see a face and one arm.

'I had no way of knowing whether she still had her other limbs.'

'I had no way of knowing whether [Kelly the koala] still had her other limbs,' Ms Brister said

'I had no way of knowing whether [Kelly the koala] still had her other limbs,' Ms Brister said

After the rescue, Kelly (pictured) was rushed to the nearby vet where it was discovered she once had a joey, but it wasn't found

After the rescue, Kelly (pictured) was rushed to the nearby vet where it was discovered she once had a joey, but it wasn't found

Kelly was released back into the wild on Friday after suffering minor injuries from the ordeal

Kelly was released back into the wild on Friday after suffering minor injuries from the ordeal

Ms Brister said the six-year-old koala was crying from distress, almost as if she was 'telling me about it'. 

After the rescue, Kelly was rushed to the nearby vet where it was discovered she once had a joey.

'She had a lot of knocks on her upper back which is a sign a joey was clinging to her back,' Ms Brister said. 

The koala rescuer then went back out the scene in the early hours of the morning searching for the joey, but was unlucky. 

'There was blood on the inside of the wheel and she wasn't bleeding ... I didn't find anything,' Ms Brister said. 

Despite the death defying experience, Kelly escaped with very minor injuries and was released back into the wild Friday afternoon. 

Ms Brister has rescued more than 200 koalas and said 80% of the rescues are fatal, making Kelly's survival even more remarkable.   

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