Cute koalas and wombats give the world's most powerful leaders a case of the warm fuzzies

Straits Times Animal Antics

BRISBANE - Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made a cute and cuddly friend at a meeting of the world's most powerful economies on Monday.

Mr Lee posted a photo on Facebook of himself hugging koala bear Jinbelung late on Sunday night with the caption: "She's from the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation, which is active in protecting koalas. She is two years old, and her name means 'friend'. -LHL".



Jinbelung also snuggled up to US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Canadian leader Stephen Harper, in a bout of koala diplomacy by host country Australia.



Besides the koala charm offensive, another marsupial - the wombat - also cuddled up to China's power couple, President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan.

The G-20 Summit is a forum for international economic co-operation attended by 19 countries, the European Union and guest countries such as Singapore.