Debi Edwards - the News Asia correspondent for ITV in the United Kingdom - was reporting on the bushfires around the country when she was told that there was a surprise for her with a "special visitor".
"I'm a bit anxious about why I need this level of protection", Edward says.
Debi Edward was reporting from Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park which had said it was becoming "overwhelmed" by injured koalas following the devastating bushfires which have burnt huge swathes of Australia. I have had the pleasure of working with her now on a number of occasions and she is an exceptional journalist and a lovely lady.
"That was the only time we saw Sam laughing that day, he'd been up all night battling fires, trying to keep the park safe, trying to keep the animals safe, he was absolutely exhausted", Edward told the TV hosts.
The story has it that the drop bear will grip on to its prey with its powerful forearms and bite its victims on the neck, the Australian Museum says.
A video of the encounter has been uploaded by the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park's Sean Mulcahy, showing Debi trying to remain calm while meeting a "drop bear".
A drop bear is a notorious stitch up in Australia, where locals will tell tourists they have to avoid them at all costs.
'I've been told that this is quite a risky bear, it's been known to attack people, ' she said.
"Debi then turns to the camera herself, telling viewers, 'It's called a drop bear because they drop out of the trees to attack people".
'I'm trying not to be anxious because I've been told that he can sense if I'm anxious, ' she said.
"There were points looking back obviously where I thought "this maybe isn't quite right" but, you know, these guys were like "you should really try this, it's something we only do for our special visitors", she told Channel 9. "F--ing Aussies", she screamed.
Mulcahy told Edward the drop bear is a larger, close cousin of the koala, with longer claws and small fangs with a mild venom.
Real-life koalas have been badly hit by Australia's bushfire crisis and numerous creatures have been rescued from the fires.
Australia's environment minister Sussan Ley has warned that in some areas, koalas may have to be reclassified as endangered.