A RESTAURANT in southern China is reportedly serving up stewed koala.
An Australian man visiting the Panyu district in Guangdong has told radio 3AW he was shocked to see the marsupial offered on the menu.
The traveller said hungry diners were able to select the live animal from a cage, where its price of 139 Yuan ($20) for 500 grams was advertised. They could then choose whether they wanted their koala “braised” or stewed”.
Distressed by the scene, the Australian man snapped a photo of what appears to be the iconic animal, bent forward and facing downward in a cage, with only a carrot given as food.
Another caller, Melbourne businessman, Geoff Balsillie, told 3AW he wasn’t surprised by the photograph.
He said he too had been taken to a restaurant serving exotic animals in China.
“I was taken to a restaurant for lunch by my host.”
“After the lunch I went to check the plumbing and found all of these cages with all these animals so I took a few photos,” he told radio 3AW.
“There was an egret, a marmot, some water fowl and a few others. I’m not sure whether they were on the menu. There were signs on the cages with numbers on them, telling you how much they were.
“I don’t know whether that was for a gram or for the whole beast, but they were obviously for sale. There was also the fish and snakes and the turtles and all the other things that they normally eat as well, but these animals were the ones that sort of got to me.”
Mr Balsillie told his host what he had seen. She alerted police, who then raided the restaurant.