Koalas train to cuddle world leaders at G20 Summit

Koalas train to cuddle world leaders at Brisbane's G20 Summit. Video: Reuters

With less than two weeks to the G20 Summit in Brisbane, some of the city's most famous locals are in training for the chance to meet, greet - and cuddle - the world's most powerful leaders.

A number of koalas from Brisbane's Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary are in training for a once in a lifetime opportunity - to potentially be cuddled by leaders such as Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, and perhaps even Vladimir Putin.

There are over 100 koalas at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, many of which are no strangers to cosying up to celebrities and have had their pictures snapped with A-listers such as Roger Federer, John Travolta, Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj - to name a few.

Koalas are native to Australia and are only found along the country's east coast.

Queensland wildlife sanctuaries are the primary places in the world where people can hold a koala.

Koalas have been a protected species since the 1920s. Since then they have not been allowed to be hunted and also have not been allowed to be kept as pets.

Reuters

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