A koala named Luther has been showered with love by a rainbow lorikeet in a heartwarming exchange captured on camera.
The two Australian animals shared the tender moment at Mosswood Wildlife Sanctuary in Koroit in south west Victoria on Thursday.
Mosswood Wildlife later uploaded a series of photos, showing the moment the parrot approached the marsupial and pecked him on the nose.
A koala named Luther (right) was ‘kissed’ by a rainbow lorikeet (left) at Mosswood Wildlife Sanctuary in Koroit in south west Victoria on Thursday
‘The rainbow lorikeet was all about the love today. Not sure if Luther (the koala) enjoyed,’ they captioned the post.
The first photo shows Luther sitting on a tree with the rainbow lorikeet next to him, appearing to peck at his claws.
Next, Luther was ‘kissed’ by the lorikeet, who appears to have opened his beak and stretched his tongue to lick the koala’s nostril.
Luther closed his eyes at one point, indicating he may not have been a fan of the stickybeak bird.
Mosswood Sanctuary director Tracey Wilson said the curious lorikeet was also a resident of the wildlife sanctuary.
‘The volunteer was feeding the koala and lorikeets are very out-there creatures, so it decided to have a conversation with the koala,’ Ms Wilson told Daily Mail Australia.
‘Lorikeets are quite inquisitive, it would have been following the volunteer and thought, “what’s this other creature?”
‘It was a very hot day so I don’t think the koala would have been bothered to do anything.
‘I’ve even seen a lorikeet sitting on a koala’s head before.’
The first photo shows Luther sitting on a tree with the rainbow lorikeet next to him, appearing to peck at his claws
Luther’s mother died after being hit by a car in October last year but the joey, who is now two years old, survived and was brought into Mosswood Sanctuary in October.
Meanwhile, the lorikeet was found on the ground by a member of the public and brought in to the sanctuary in December.
‘The little lorikeet was raised from a teeny tiny bird. He was the third one of this particular series and we’ve never had baby lorikeets before,’ Ms Wilson said.
‘He missed the eight ball to be their (the other two’s) friend and they left without him so he still hangs around here.
‘The other two even came back for him but he just stayed here.’
Rainbow lorikeets are a species of parrot common along Australia’s eastern seaboard from northern Queensland to South Australia.
They have also been introduced to Perth, Tasmania, Auckland, and Hong Kong.
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Next, Luther was ‘kissed’ by the lorikeet, which appears to have opened its beak and stretched its tongue to lick the koala’s nostril