Adelaide police always get their man, woman - or marsupial

Police in Adelaide have shown their lighter side, revealing how an Australian icon's early morning antics nearly developed into a siege.

Residents of a house in Paradise phoned police around 3.30am after hearing what they believed was a prowler on the roof.

Officers attended and cordoned off the property while they carried out a search of the roof.

"Police immediately identified the culprit and arrested a large three-year-old koala from nearby scrub land," a police spokesperson said.

"The furry fiend was questioned and formally cautioned by attending officers before being released without charge."

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