He was immediately given round-the-clock security protection in case anyone tried to steal him and sell him to a collector for his novelty value. Mick is incredibly rare because although he has white fur instead of the usual grey/brown, he has the normal black eyes and nose.
"We kept him isolated from the other koalas not only for health reasons but because we didn't want too many people to know we even had him with us," said Miss Flanagan. Only a handful of staff were told about him, just in case word got about." Link