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Guy volunteers for a cycling event, ends up rescuing a drowning koala

Elise Cooper
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Sometimes being an event volunteer means doing some questionable tasks — but we're pretty sure that rescuing a drowning koala might be a career first.

Muzammil Patel was volunteering at an Australian cycling event in Apollo Bay, Victoria, when he became more of an MVP than anyone on two wheels that day.

As he explained to the ABC, Patel was alerted to a koala in the nearby Barham River but upon calling wildlife rescue, was told it would take at least 30 minutes to get there.

So Patel gallantly jumped into the river to save the struggling marsupial himself. First by branch, then when that didn't work, by simply grabbing it like a kitten.

Patel told the news outlet he was only doing what anyone else would, but admitting that it felt damn good to help the creature.

"There was no other option, I had to jump in and save the koala. It looked like it was going to drown," adding "It felt beautiful. The lady who spotted him was crying after she saw the koala had been saved."

The cycling event is held over nine days and covers 527 kilometres (327 miles) — here's hoping the remaining drama stays on dry land.

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