Here’s President Obama Hugging A Koala At G20

News & Culture Writer
11.17.14

What’s supposed to be an international economic summit devolved into a koala hugfest when US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladmir Putin, and other world leaders spent time hugging a koala.

The koala, which is specially trained for human-hugging, posed for photos with Obama, Putin and other summit attendees. According to the Moscow Times, a Brisbane-based Koala keeper suggested dignitaries “[pretend] to be a tree.” Sounds legit, as long as your collective skin and clothing possess the hardness of tree bark. Then again, these are politicians we’re talking about.

Obama doesn’t look like he’s breaking a sweat in the photo op. But take it from a couple of Australian firefighters whose video of a man providing a stranded koala with water went viral in 2009. In a fit of self-awareness, the firefighter notes, “Watch, he’ll get hydrated and then rip the absolute f*cking sh*t out of me!”

Source: Instagram / Moscow Times

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