As newcomers to the game, One Direction may not yet be familiar with the saying “never work with children or animals”.
Blissfully unaware of the old adage, the boys cuddled up to Kat the Koala during a visit to an animal refuge centre Down Under.
The fabulous five are currently winning over fans in Australia and New Zealand on a string of tour dates.
But during a brief respite from the female adoration that surrounds them, the X Factor heroes got in touch with a different audience.
Harry Styles, 18, pulled a playful face as Kat clung to him, while 19-year-old Zayn Malik planted a kiss on his marsupial mate”s head.
The British boys, who also include Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne, have enjoyed a whirlwind couple of weeks.
After finishing third on X Factor in 2010, they have gone on to top the US album charts and establish an impressive international fan base.