Too big for mom's pouch, Baby Koala Owen has finally emerged for visitiors at the Koala Knockabout exhibit at the Riverbanks Zoo. Born to mom Lottie back in May, Owen started out as a jellybean-sized joey nestled deep within mom's pouch, but has since grown to a perfect Koala-sized backpack. For the most part, Australian animals in non-Australian zoos are rare and the Riverbanks Zoo was lucky to receive Lottie from South Carolina's sister Australian state of Queensland in 2003. In the early 20th Century, Koalas were almost hunted to extinction for their fur, which was exported to Europe and North America. Today, anyone who even thinks of buying a Koala fur jacket should probably be slapped, or at the very least, de-friended on Facebook.
Photographer Paula Longshore captured these expressive images of mother koala 'Colliet' with her six-month-old joey at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Gum Leaf Hideout yesterday. Koala moms like Colliet bear one young every two years and may even adopt abandoned babies.
ZooBorns contributor ysaleth got this great shot of San Diego Zoo's proud Koala Mom Orana giving a "bear" hug to joey Miah yesterday. Despite the powerful grip, Koalas are not bears. They are not placental or 'eutherian' mammals, but marsupials, which means that their young are born immature & they develop further in the safety of a pouch. It’s incorrect to call them ‘koala bears'. Their correct name is simply 'koalas'.
There is a myth that koalas sleep a lot because they ‘get drunk’ on gumleaves. Fortunately, this is not correct! Most of their time is spent sleeping because it requires a lot of energy to digest their toxic, fibrous, low-nutrition diet and sleeping is the best way to conserve energy.
Little Oliver the Koala was born back in April at the Riverbanks Zoo in South Carolina but, like other marsupials, spent his first months in mom's pouch. The little joey is only now too large for mom "Lottie's" pouch but still spends his days close by, usually clinging to her back or tucked under her stomach.
Photo credits: Riverbanks Zoo
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These photos, taken Sunday at the San Diego Zoo, show proud mother Orana and her young joey scouting their enclosure. The San Diego Zoo's koalas are offered fresh branches from several kinds of eucalyptus trees each day. These picky eaters can then select their favorite varieties. Koalas eat 1 to 1.5 pounds (454 to 680 grams) of leaves each day. Eucalyptus leaves are poisonous to most animals, but koalas have special bacteria in their stomachs that break down the toxic oils.
Photo Credit: ysaleth
The latest from Australia's Taronga Zoo: Two members of the Zoo's Koala family are out of their pouches and learning about their surroundings. Born about a month apart, the two are around 6 and 7 months old. Lincoln, the elder male, and Eliza are not related, but can be seen close by one another in Taronga's Koala Encounters exhibit.
Lincoln lets out a yawn.
Both babies will remain close to their Mothers for about another 6 months.
Sooky the koala was born in January of this year at the San Diego Zoo and is now making regular appearances with mom. These pictures were taken on Sunday and if I lived within driving distance of the SD Zoo, I would be sure to check this little girl out soon!
This looks fun. Kind of like a really slow, really furry motorcylce.
Photos credits: ysaleth
Keepers at Australia's Wildlife Wonderland Park were amazed to discover that their resident koala had given birth to twins last week. Unfortunately there is only room for one koala joey at a time in mom's pouch and baby Kialla was forced out. Keepers are hand raising the baby koala, which requires round the clock care.