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Modi charmed by Australian Koala bear at G20

Putin, a wild-lover, also cuddled the koalas, an arboreal herbivorous marsupial native to Australia.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:November 16, 2014, 9:42 AM IST
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Modi charmed by Australian Koala bear at G20
Putin, a wild-lover, also cuddled the koalas, an arboreal herbivorous marsupial native to Australia.
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Brisbane: Prime Minister Narendra Modi got a delightful Australian welcome when he was charmed by a cuddly koala bear during a break at the G20 summit.

The wild-eyed koala was brought to the Prime Minister by officials at the backstage of the G20 summit.

Modi "tangled" with the koalas deployed by Australia in a a behind-the-scenes diplomatic effort.

Other than the Indian Prime Minister, world leaders including US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin also tangled with the koalas backstage, the Herald Sun reported.

Obama was seen to get in on the cuddly action by hugging a koala with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Putin, a wild-lover, also cuddled the koalas, an arboreal herbivorous marsupial native to Australia.

After pledging to "shirt-front" the former KGB operative at the international talks, Abbott put the pair's differences briefly aside to introduce Putin to a couple of koalas.

Koala bears are notoriously capricious and sleep for up to 20 hours a day and feed on a diet of special eucalyptus leaves.

They had been training for the high-status visit, acoording to a report in the daily.

Earlier, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's wife Margie Abbott took G20 leaders' partners on a tour of the Lone Pine koala sanctuary in Brisbane where Chinese President Xi Jinping's wife Peng Liyuan and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's wife Laureen also enjoyed feeding kangaroos and meeting a group of koalas.

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