Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzy introduced to Australian wildlife

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Dustin Johnson holding Sunshine the koala, fiance Paulina Gretzky holding Crumbles the joey – credit SMP

Dustin Johnson didn’t have a great second round of the ISPS HANDA Perth International, but he and fiancée Paulina Gretzky were all smiles soon after as they got up close to some of Australia’s wildlife.

In what is becoming a tradition at the Perth International, the visiting marquee golfers were introduced to some Australian fauna. This year keepers from the Caversham Wildlife Park brought along a hand-raised koala and joey.

Along with Johnson and Gretzky, South African Branden Grace and defending champion Bo Van Pelt met six-year-old Sunshine the Koala and eight-month-old Crumbles the white-coloured Red Kangaroo joey. It was the first time any of them had seen a koala, or seen a kangaroo up close.

All three golfers will be around on the weekend with Bo Van Pelt in good position to defend his title, four strokes behind the leader Sweden’s Peter Hedblom.

While this was a nice photo opportunity, it certainly doesn’t top the classic photograph taken last year when Jason Dufner got up close to a koala. We still think he was eyeing it off as potential food.

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