Koala bears are just the cutest animals! Here are some really cool facts for you to enjoy.
Koalas are found in eastern Australia in the eucalyptus forests.
They have grey fur with a creamy colored chest, and very strong clawed feet. No wonder they can climb so well up the branches of trees!
They are awesomely cuddly and they are about 23 inches (60 centimeters) to 33 inches (85 centimeters) long and they weigh about 31 pounds (14kilograms).
Koalas have large noses that are coloured pink or black.
Well they are called Koala bears, so surely they should be bears right? Well actually wrong. They just look like teddy bears, and when they were first found, because they kinda looked like a teddy bear that’s where they got their name. Wow!
Just like other marsupials the mom has a pouch where she carries her cute and cuddly baby, called a joey. She carries her joey for a couple of months after they’ve been born.
When a little baby is born, it climbs into mom’s pouch straight away. At birth they are blind and don’t have any ears, but they use their strong senses of touch and smell, as well as their natural instincts to find their way.
When they are born, they are about the size of a jellybean…that’s super small!
When it’s strong enough to cling to mom’s back, it leaves the pouch! Cool huh?
They only eat eucalyptus leaves, nothing else! Can you imagine living on eucalyptus leaves your entire life? That can’t be too tasty!
Now and again they eat a bit of dirt, as it helps them to digest the eucalyptus leaves. Wow their diet isn’t very tasty at all!
Once they’re all grown up, they eat a lot. They eat up to 2 pounds (1 kilogram) of eucalyptus leaves in a day! Whoa that’s a lot. Oh and they’re fussy eaters too. They only choose the most nutritious and tastiest leaves from where they live. At least they’re trying to be healthy!
Now this is amazing! Eucalyptus leaves are seriously tough and poisonous too. What? Well, luckily for them they have a long digestive organ called a cecum, which allows them to break down all those leaves unharmed. Phew!
Habitat – the natural home of an animal
Fossils – the remains that are left behind of animals or plants in rocks