He might be one of the most intimidating people on the planet - but Mike Tyson cowered in the presence of a cuddly koala in Brisbane today.
The former world heavyweight boxing champion was being interviewed outside the luxury Stamford Hotel on the Brisbane River when he came face-to-face with the marsupial.
As a group of media and passers-by urged Tyson to pat the koala, he repeatedly refused.
"I just don’t want to be attacked by it," he said.
"Good animals go bad sometimes."
Tyson is in Australia for a five-city motivational speaking tour called "Mike Tyson's Day of Champions".
The crowd pestered him for several minutes, with one woman yelling out "are you afraid of a koala?", but the boxing legend would not be drawn closer to the animal.
Tyson's tour was originally supposed to include New Zealand, but he was denied a visa to enter the country because of his 1992 rape conviction.
He will speak in Brisbane on Friday, Sydney on Saturday, Melbourne on Sunday, Adelaide on Tuesday and Perth on Wednesday.