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Koala Bears Facts

Updated on November 5, 2014
Koala Bear Facts
Koala Bear Facts | Source

Koala Bears?

Do you know about koala bears? Actually koalas are not really bears at all, although their Latin scientific name, Phascolarctos cinereus, means "ash colored pouched bear". So even though they aren't really bears, I'll excuse you if you say, "I'm just translating the Latin." It does however look somewhat like a bear, but it is really quite different. It is actually a marsupial - the mother carries her young in a pouch on her belly.

Because of the number of people who say "koala bears", I will use the term occasionally on this page. But every time I do, remember I'm just translating the Latin ;-).

On this page, you will find some great koala pictures and videos and also some links to coloring pictures. You will find out some amazing koala facts for kids such as information about their babies, what they eat, what sound they make, where they live and other interesting facts. Don't forget to try the koala quiz to see how much you know about them! You may want to wait until you've read all the information here before attempting the quiz.

Basic Koala Facts

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koala facts | Source

The "native bear" - an old definition

"KOALA--Aboriginal name for native bear.

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NATIVE BEAR--A small marsupial animal with grey fur and full expressive face (see KOALA)."

(From A Dictionary of Australian Words And Terms by Gilbert H. Lawson 1924)

Interesting Facts #1

Koalas are not bears but marsupials - mammals with a pouch (like kangaroos, possums and wombats).

Where do koala bears live? - their habitat

Koalas are found down the east coast of mainland Australia - in the states of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

They live in dry eucalyptus (gum tree) forests where they can find their preferred leaves. Most of their time is spent eating, sitting or sleeping in eucalyptus trees or other types of trees growing in these forests.

Oh. By the way, we have no true bears in Australia - except in zoos!

koala eating
koala eating | Source

What do koalas eat?

their food / diet

The koala is a fussy eater, only eating from several different species of eucalyptus (or gum) trees and very occasionally from some other trees such as wattles or tea trees. They will eat the leaves, shoots, fruits, flowers and even, at times, the bark from young branches. Koala bears (think Latin!) eat about 450-680g (1 to 1½ pounds) of leaves a day. That's about 10% of their body weight. They can usually get all the nutrients and moisture they need from the oil in the gum leaves (have you heard of eucalyptus oil?) and the rain and dew which collects on them. Gum leaves are low in nutrition and contain certain chemicals which are toxic to most other animals. But koalas have special bacteria in their guts which enable them to digest these leaves.

Sometimes they will eat soil which can provide it with essential minerals such as calcium. Mmmm, mud pies! Only occasionally will they drink from a waterhole or other water source. See below for a video of a koala drinking from a water bottle just after a bushfire.

Interesting facts #2

Koalas eat eucalyptus leaves and sometimes dirt.

How much can a koala bear?

This koala was deparately in need of a drink after surviving a bushfire in Victoria, Australia in the Summer of 2009.

Plush koala bears to love and cuddle

Webkinz Signature Koala Bear
Webkinz Signature Koala Bear

This koala looks so realistic and ever so cuddly.

 

  

  

  

  

  

Interesting facts #3

Koalas have two thumbs on each of their front paws.

koala in the branch of a tree
koala in the branch of a tree | Source

What do they do all day?

A koala is arboreal (which means it spends most of its life in trees), usually perched in the fork of a eucalyptus (gum) tree. It doesn't have a tail like a monkey to help it in balancing in trees but it does have long arms and strong claws with two "thumbs" (opposing digits) on each front paw to enable it to get a secure grip. They may jump from one branch to another or from one tree to another but usually they descend bottom first down a tree to cross to another tree on the ground.

You might like to watch this video showing a koala walking, running and jumping and to see how it descends a tree bottom first.

Interesting facts #4

Koalas spend up to 20 hours a day sleeping.

koala resting
koala resting | Source

Zzzzzzz. Please don't disturb me....

Because eucalyptus leaves are not extremely nutritious nor full of energy, koala bears spend about 16 to 20 hours per day resting unmoving in the fork of a tree. The majority of that time is spent sleeping.

Interesting facts #5

When is cold, wet or windy, a koala will sleep curled up in a ball. When it is hot or humid they will sleep all sprawled out with arms and legs hanging.

Check out the koala pictures above and below. Can you tell what the weather's like by looking at them? (Answers hidden below)

sleeping koala
sleeping koala | Source

Baby Koalas

baby koala picture
baby koala picture | Source

All About Baby Koalas

Baby koalas certainly look cute. See pictures and videos and find out more about these sweet little babies below. You will find out what they are called (is it a puppy, a kitten, a cub or something else?), what they eat (ewww - do you really want to know?) and what these babies do with their days.

Interesting facts #6

Baby koalas are called joeys.

Newborn Babies

Like all baby marsupials, baby koalas are called joeys. When the joey is born, it is still far from developed. It is only about 1 inch (2.5cm) long and is blind and hairless. But it has strong enough front legs able to be able to pull itself across its mother's belly about 2 inches (5cm) and enter her pouch. The joey will attach itself to one of the two teats in its mother's pouch. Click here to see a picture of the newborn, hairless joey.

The joey will stay in the pouch, attached to the teat, drinking milk, for the next 3 to 4 months. At this stage it may venture out into the open although, even now, it is now barely covered in fur.

Interesting facts #7

A new-born koala is about the size of a jellybean.

Cute joey video part 1

This joey was abandoned by his mother. He is only 7 months old but, at 200g (7 ounces), he is underweight for his age. He is affectionately called "the doodlebug". It looks like he is just starting to eat gum leaves. He was using a sock as his pouch.

Growing Up

baby koala
baby koala | Source

At about 22 weeks the joey will begin to eat its mother's pap, a special type of soft, runny poo (not the usual hard, dry pellets) to introduce the necessary bacteria into its gut so that it will be able to digest eucalyptus leaves. This pap is made up of partially digested eucalyptus leaves. The joey will continue eating this pap until it is about 30 weeks old. After this time it will begin eating leaves.

The joey will venture outside the pouch for the first time at about 27 weeks and by 30 weeks it will spend the majority of the day outside the pouch riding on its mother's back or sometimes clinging to her belly. At this stage it weighs about 0.6 pounds (½ kg). By 36 weeks, the joey weighs about 2.2 pounds (1 kg) and is too big to fit in its mother's pouch any more. It will continue to ride on its mother's back until it weighs almost 4½ pounds (2 kg) - about 1 year old. The joey can be a quarter of the mother's weight.

In good conditions, once she reaches maturity (at 3 or 4 years), a female koala usually has one baby a year. Twin baby koalas are not very common. It is thought that there is a 1 in 10,000 chance of twins being born. If twins are born, it is likely that only one will survive to maturity since, as they grow, there is not really enough room in the pouch for two babies. In captivity, a female will happily adopt another older joey temporarily so that she carries one on her back and one on her belly at the same time. Talk about overload!

Interesting facts #8

Joeys eat their mother's pap (poo) to give them the bacteria to help them digest eucalyptus leaves later.

Cute joey video part 2 - an abandoned joey

This is the joey, "the doodlebug", 5 months later. He grown to nearly 800g (28 ounces) but is still underweight.

More Koala Facts

More Koala Facts
More Koala Facts | Source

More Koala Facts

Do you know what sound a koala makes? Have you ever seen one angry? Watch some videos and find out about the his territory and more in this section.


What sound does a koala make?

When a koala is stressed, it may make a sound like a wailing baby. Throughout the year, but especially during the mating season, September through to February (that's Australia's Spring-Summer), the male will make loud bellows and pig-like grunts. This may be made in anger or to attract the females.

Click the play button to listen to this koala grunting

Koala Territory

koala in gum tree
koala in gum tree | Source

Koalas tend to live alone except for a mother with her baby. Each one has a home range which is an area of between 3 and 500 acres (1 and 200 hectares) depending on the fertility of the area, the number of suitable eucalypts available and the hierarchy dominance. We tend to think of them as peaceful and cuddly. But this is not always the case. If a male witnesses an intruding male in his home range, he will attempt to scare him off, first by bellowing at him. If this fails to deter the trespasser, he will rush at him, trying to grab him and a fight may ensue.

I have heard a story of a male koala attacking a man who was using a chainsaw. The koala probably heard the sound of the machine and thought this was the sound of another male in his territory. Watch this video of one chasing a motorbike. Do you think it could possibly be because the bike sounded like another male koala?

Male's Scent Gland

Male Koala's scent gland
Male Koala's scent gland | Source

Mature male koalas have a scent gland in the middle of their chests which leaves a strong scent when they rub their chests on trees to mark their territory.

Find out more

The Life Cycle of a Koala
The Life Cycle of a Koala

Learn about their life cycle - a book for young children.

 

Hold a koala

hold a koala
hold a koala | Source


(Sorry. I couldn't resist adding this old picture of my two children holding a this cute, little marsupial)

In the states of New South Wales and Victoria, it is illegal for anyone but a qualified keeper to hold a koala. But you can touch them and even cuddle them in some wildlife parks if they are sitting on something else. This photo was taken in Queensland where ordinary people are allowed to hold them.

Have you ever held a koala?

See results

Still more about koalas

Koala Book, The
Koala Book, The

Lots of information and lovely koala pictures in this book.

 
Koala illustration by Gould
Koala illustration by Gould | Source

Where does the name come from?

Some resources say that the word "koala" comes from an Australian aboriginal word meaning "no drink". But perhaps the word was a combination of some of the Aboriginal names for the koala such as cullawine, carbora or kola.

In early written accounts of the European settlers in Australia, koalas were referred to by these Aboriginal names or as bears, monkeys or sloths. Most often, it seems, they were referred to as native bears. I guess people just took what they knew and applied it to what they saw in this new land. And because they spend most of their time high up in trees, it would have been difficult to get a good look at them and they could have been mistaken for something else.

Even in children's books, the koala was called a native bear so it is easy to see where the name came from.

Then Dot opened her eyes very wide and looked round, and saw a funny Native Bear on the tree trunk behind her. . . .

"You dear little Native Bear!" she exclaimed, at once stroking its head.

"Am I a Native Bear?" asked the animal in a meek voice. "I never heard that before. I thought I was a Koala. I've always been told so, but of course one never knows oneself. What are you? Do you know?"

(from Dot and the Kangaroo by Ethel C. Pedley 1920)

The whole bushland was twittering with the news, for a baby bear was a great event. Mrs Koala had a baby every two years, and as Mrs Rabbit had very, very many during that time, you can just imagine how surprised everyone was.

(from Blinky Bill by Dorothy Wall 1939)

The old picture above is from Mammals of Australia, Vol. I Plate 14 by John Gould, 1863

Koala Activities and Crafts

Koala Colouring Page

koala coloring page
koala coloring page

My own koala colouring page. Click to enlarge.

Koala Bear Crafts

koala bear crafts
koala bear crafts

Click to enlarge this koala pattern to use as a perler bead pattern or cross stitch pattern.

Try your hand at some crafts - origami, a cut and paste activity, models, mask, birthday party invitations to print, and a merry-go-round.

en.origami-club.com

Make a cute origami koala face. Either print out their paper for a pre-printed face or use your own paper and draw on your own face. Make a couple in different sizes. Then you can make a greeting card using your origami faces - one for a mother and one for a baby.

www.shoko-origami.com

Scroll down to the make a card section for a cute koala with her joey origami card

www.dltk-kids.com

A printable project to cut out and paste together for young children

www.dltk-kids.com

Toilet paper roll craft

www.enchantedlearning.com

Make a mask

www.activityvillage.co.uk

Another mask

koalabrothers.treehousetv.com/

Click on printables then choose Make & Do to get 3 Koala Brothers cards and a birthday invitation to print.

www.thetoymaker.com

Scroll down for the printable PDF to make a cute merry-go-round

cp.c-ij.com

Print and put together this rather complicated paper model koala

www.marthastewart.com

Shell craft

Links checked May 2013

Make Some Cute Koala Greeting Cards - Click on the text links for more info or to buy these printable cards

special shaped card

This cute card is shaped like a koala climbing a tree branch. The picture is the same on the front and the back. You can purchase the printable template to make as many of these cards as you like, or you can even buy the completed card. This one is not difficult to make - just print out on your printer, then cut out. Easy!

Cute scuba diving koala

This card is a little more complicated to make, but still pretty easy. You print out the template, then cut out all the sections. Layer the sections on the base card using thick double sided tape to make the picture look three dimensional. Add your own greeting to the purple tag.

Koalas on TV

Koala bears are such sweet-looking creatures, it is not surprising that they have become the heroes of their own TV shows.

Adventures of the Little Koala

Adventures of the Little Koala is an anime TV series originally shown in Japan in 1984. It was later dubbed in other languages and shown in other countries around the world. The characters include koalas (including Roobear, our main character), kangaroos, rabbits (not a native to Australia, but they certainly live here!), a dingo (a carnivorous creature!), a sugar glider, a platypus, a couple of penguins (which don't live in the bush, but on the coast) and a kiwi bird (doesn't actually live in Australia at all - a New Zealand native).

Interesting facts #9

Japan's love affair with the koala began in 1984 when a zoo in Tokyo received its first koalas.

Blinky Bill - A naughty little koala boy

Blinky Bill was a character from a series of children's books by Dorothy Wall, the first of which, Blinky Bill: The Quaint Little Australian, was published in 1933. Blinky Bill was a koala with human characteristics. In 1993, a TV series was produced called The Adventures of Blinky Bill.

Blinky Bill DVD from Amazon

Blinky Bill: Season 1
Blinky Bill: Season 1

Over 9 hours of fun Blinky Bill cartoons

Season 1 - 26 episodes.

 

The Koala Brothers

The Koala Brothers is a children's animated TV show set in the Australian outback. The show premiered in 2003 and ended in 2007. The two brothers, Frank and Buster, have made it their mission to help others.

Koala Quiz

Sorry - not currently available.

References

Sharp, Ann The Koala Book Pelican Publishing Company

Burton, Barbara The Koala Lansdowne Press

Ride, W.D.L. A Guide to the Native Mammals of Australia Oxford University Press

Morris, Edward Morris Austral English - A Dictionary of Australasia Words, Phrases and Usages published in 1898

www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2006/10/05/2041759.htm

www.environment.nsw.gov.au/animals/TheKoala.htm

www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-koala.html

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    • OrganicHealthAn profile image

      OrganicHealthAn 3 years ago

      I love these little bears. When I first arrived in Australia they were the first thing on my list to go and see!

      I have written a book on Australian wildlife, especially for children. It is called The Little Book of Amazing Australian Animals and is available in the kindle store if anyone would like to learn more on Australian wildlife.

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      blestman lm 3 years ago

      Loved the lens. Great information and I learned a lot. Thank you

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      The_Kelster 3 years ago

      Such a fun lens! Loved it, and really informational, I learned a lot about Koalas that I didn't know at all! Thanks! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      this helped me on my proget

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      The pictures are great!

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      CASHGURU 4 years ago

      G'day great lens m8, from an ex ten pound pom lol

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      blessedmomto7 4 years ago

      Love this lens. My kids are crazy for Koalas.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nice lens

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      Very nice lens about koalas.

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      Great informative page about koalas!! Thanks for this lens... :)

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      Iloveflowers 4 years ago

      Super cute, I like them but I hate that they eat those trees

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      XenasDeals 4 years ago

      This is a great resource about koalas, will send my daughter here for her school report research!

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      That was a lovely read! Thank you

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      BackyardChickenK 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Very well done with lots of great informative Koala learning :)

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      audrey07 5 years ago

      I used to have a stuffed koala bear when I was younger. It's just so cute that I was reluctant to give it away when I moved.

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      spids1 5 years ago

      Great lens very well written.

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      HomeDecorKnight 5 years ago

      Koala Bears are very cute in pictures, Nice information about Koala Bears, Nice lens.

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Between all your interesting facts about Koalas, and a bit of research I did for a story about the Koala and the Kangaroo in gifts, I was able to get a 100% on your quiz! :-) Love your native Australian Animals and really enjoyed learning so much more about the Koala!

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      hamstring 5 years ago

      I know it would be cruel, but I think a Koala would make an excellent pet

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      Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

      I love your lens! Thanks so much for sharing with us! Be blessed!

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      FlynnTheFineFle 5 years ago

      Cool stuff. I wouldn't mind one of those wandering around the house. Too bad they probably wouldn't allow that in California.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great information on Koalas. I love these little devils but they can turn nasty and spit at you if not in the mood for attention.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Came back to revisit my little friends.

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      Escapes2 5 years ago

      The baby koalas are so adorable!

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      CristianStan 5 years ago

      In my opinion, the koala are the cutest and funniest creatures. I couldn't miss you lens. Thanks.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      So interesting-we are planning a trip to Australia and it's nice to learn about the local things to see ~~blessed~~

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      sunny saib 5 years ago

      great lens.. i have always liked them a lot, but never knew this much about them.. they're my second favorite cute-looking-animal after pandas..

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      Oh, they are so cute! My daughter attended school in Australia, and I visited her. She got to hold a koala, and wouldn't you know that my camera malfunctioned right at that moment! Fortunately, a nice couple took a photo for me and emailed it to us. She was surprised to find out that they are hard and bony, not as cuddly as they appear to be.

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      tomazg 5 years ago

      Koalas are very cute. I wish I could see them for real.

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      SianaL 5 years ago

      I love koalas! Great lens!

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      minerva19 5 years ago

      I love your way of describing this theme, so everyone cancomprehend the point. I like it

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      faber80 5 years ago

      Funny animal & great lens.

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      JaneEyre9999 5 years ago

      They are so cute but when I had an opportunity to pay for a photo op in Oz I realized how incredibly stinky they are! Passed. Kind of like horses should be seen and not smelled.

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      AlexTedford 5 years ago

      Sweet!

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      JanieceTobey 5 years ago

      I went to the zoo with a group of homeschooled teens today. We all ooooed and ahhhhed over the adorable koalas! They really are so cute! Excellent job with this lens! I did not know they have two thumbs on each of their front paws! Loved the photo of your children holding a koala too!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Funny animal. Great lens. Thanks for your share.

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      I did learn something new, that video of a koala chasing a motorbike is amazing! I never knew that koalas could move that fast on the ground. I love your lens; I've featured it on mine: http://www.squidoo.com/zoo-with-paper-animals-for-... under "K" for koala. Thanks for sharing.

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      zandadee lm 5 years ago

      Ahh, I haven't watched blinky bill in ages, excellent hub!

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      rusjal 5 years ago

      cute animal, like panda but more unique

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      Cindy 5 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      Koalas are adorable and you've shared so much I never knew - thanks and congrats on your purple star and the Top 100! Love it. xoxo

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      Great information, thanks for sharing!

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      What a great lens! Do Koalas have any natural predators? They seem like pretty peaceable little creatures. I'd hate to think of them getting eaten by lions or tigers or something. And I wonder if they knew that if they ate something more nutritious they might have a little more energy. Sleeping for 20 hours a day!? :)

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      jeromeyoung 5 years ago

      I've never seen Koalas and never read about it before. With this lens I feel like seeing one already. Well, just imaginary based on your lens. Thanks.

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      This is a really nicely presented lens and so much information! Great for adults and kis!

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      imThemis 5 years ago

      It's great learning about these fellow Australians!

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      enjoyecigs 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! Kudos for posting "The Adventures of Little Koala"! I used to watch that show when I was a kid overseas!

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      brucelocke80 5 years ago

      jus love koala, nice post

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      Cold0911 5 years ago

      He babies are adorable. I saw a koala mom and baby at the zoo is St Louis when I was a child and I still remember it.

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      amanda2x 5 years ago

      Baby koalas are just too cute :)

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      JoyKitten 5 years ago

      I can't imagine there's anything new to learn, you've covered it all! I learned that they have two toes on their front paws. I'm sure I'd seen it before, just never really took notice. Also I learned that wombats are marsupials (I love the word wombat, especially how the Aussie's say it). Thanks for the great lens!

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      Nirmal Shah 5 years ago from India

      Cute lens. Koalas are so adorable :)

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      Great and exact info about Koala bears. I don't need to know more. Everything is here :)

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      AgingIntoDisabi 5 years ago

      Very unique little animals. Thank you for sharing!

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      jholland 5 years ago

      So much fun learning about these adorable animals. Love the pic of your kids with the baby koala.

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      Tamara14 5 years ago

      Cute, cute and cute. I was just talking with my 9 year old daughter the other day about koalas and how cool it would be to hold them when we get to ZOO. Unfortunately we'll have to find some other place to be able to experience that. Your kids were lucky and I love that photo.

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      StrongMay 5 years ago

      The picture with your kids is so cute!

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      StrongMay 5 years ago

      How adorable!

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      MargaretJeffreys 5 years ago

      Koalas are great! Nice info

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      ElizabethJohnson 5 years ago

      awwww! I love Koala's! :) Some please buy me one!! :)

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      Kay 5 years ago

      What a special memory to be able to hold a koala! Beautifully done page!

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      BmariieB 5 years ago

      So cute. I love koala bears that are the cutest animal alive!

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      Natashalh LM 5 years ago

      Wow, I never knew about the poo eating/bacteria. We were talking about koalas the other day at work - I can't wait to throw that fact in to the discussion!

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      dann7trdro lm 5 years ago

      nice and really great work

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      Koala Bear is a very cute animals. I saw them once in a close distance in the zoo.

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      atlastechnow 5 years ago

      Loved it, Koalas are truly fascinating....

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      najem lm 5 years ago

      I am in love with KoalaBears! They are my favorite animals.

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      ApplianceRepairsDoncaster 5 years ago

      cool lens :)

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      Simon 5 years ago from NSW, Australia

      Great lens. My Australian partner gets cross if anyone calls them bears, so I'm pleased to see you correcting the misconception! Was photographed stroking a Koala at Featherdale Wildlife Park in Sydney last year. There aren't many places left that let you hold them anymore unfortunately.

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      nikitakapoor 5 years ago

      They are soooo cuuttee!! Great lens!

      I want a Koala too! (:

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      makemoneyonline5 5 years ago

      Gorgeous lens on our Aussie Koalas <3 loved it and so well put together.

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      CarreiraS 5 years ago

      I wish I could hold a Joey

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      arcarmi 5 years ago

      So thorough!

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      macmaki 5 years ago

      I really enjoy learning about these wonderful little creatures. I remember when I was just a kid I saw a stuffed Koala in a store and wanted one. Thanks for a fantastic lens.

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      HaleySchaeffer LM 5 years ago

      Great lens! I live in San Diego and try to go to our world-famous zoo at least once a year. The koalas are always one of my favorite animals to watch (aside from the Pandas, of course). This lens makes me want to go to the zoo again right now! Lol.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Koalas are amazing...I LOVE the photo of your children holding a baby koala! No one I know could say they have done that. So fun! :) Excellent idea for a lens. SquidAngel Blessed!

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      racko09 5 years ago

      wow really nice lens! i like it

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      Fiona Carroll 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      An absolutely charming and fun lens! Thankyou for making it. Such a lot of work and effort . Our helpless koalas need the attention too. I remember that poor burnt little fellow getting a drink from the firefighters. It was very touching during that dreadful time in Australia,

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      Fiona Carroll 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      An absolutely charming and fun lens! Thankyou for making it. Such a lot of work and effort . Our helpless koalas need the attention too. I remember that poor burnt little fellow getting a drink from the firefighters. It was very touching during that dreadful time in Australia,

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      ferginarg lm 5 years ago

      Great lens and information, thanks, I think everyone loves Koalas.

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      savateuse 5 years ago

      I love koalas!

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      blazingzone lm 5 years ago

      i love this lens, so fun.

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      linkreggie 5 years ago

      Koala Bear is really cute.. thanks for posting this brilliant topic to talk about..

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      Timsmansmall 5 years ago

      Congratulations on being on the front page of Squidoo.

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      gamrslist 5 years ago

      cool lens thank you i enjoyed

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      As if life wasn't rough enough and they have to start out eating mumma's poo. Learned many things about Koala bears but that was the funniest.

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      aksem 5 years ago

      You write so vivid that I dream to touch koala now.

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      aksem 5 years ago

      You write so vivid that I dream to touch koala now.

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Awesome lens--did no know they had two thumbs.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Beautiful page, and I learned a few new things about Koalas.

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      LeslieMirror 5 years ago

      I was obsessed with koalas in childhood. It was my dream to go to Australia and see them. Thanks for reminding about these cute guys!

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      Sydneyaus 5 years ago

      Impressive lens with many facts! Koala's are my favourite animals!

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      AltMotif 5 years ago

      Very cute lens, but it makes me cringe every time I hear the word 'bear' tacked on to the end of Koala. It's not correct and no one in Australia calls them that. I see you addressed the misuse of 'bear' at the start, but continued to use it. Seeing as you are from Australia too, I would have thought you would know better and stop fueling the disinformation trail.

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      getupandgrow 5 years ago

      This is so useful. I had thought that koala's could be found around every coast in Australia, not just the east or southeast...Your map has shown me where we'll need to visit to be sure of seeing them-many thanks!

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I want to bring a Koala bear home! Ok, maybe a stuffed one :)

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      SEOshop 5 years ago

      @JohnMarseton: Iv heard that about Koala bears too!

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      Gregory Froines 5 years ago

      This lens is really important and informative, I have learned several new things about this animal, which I have never heard before. Liked all the videos too :)

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      bwet 5 years ago

      wow massive lens on koala bears. I think a lot needs to be done to conserve them..

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      MargaretJeffreys 5 years ago

      You definitely know you're Koalas. Excellent lens. So cute as well :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      Thanks for the lovely lens! I love koalas even more now.