Monday, 7 April 2014

Mother and child koala

Koala mother with her joey
29 Nov 2013 | From Sulea of Australia

Koalas are indigenous to Australia and live in tropical to temperate eucalypt forest and woodlands and can be found along the eastern and south-eastern regions. Their closest living relatives are the wombats.

It is easily recognisable by its stout, tailless body; round, fluffy ears; and large, spoon-shaped nose. The koala has a body length of 60–85 cm (24–33 in) and weighs 4–15 kg (9–33 lb).

Like other marsupials, a koala mother carries her baby in a pouch until it is large enough to ride on her back or belly. When not asleep a koala feeds on eucalyptus leaves, especially at night. Koalas do not drink much water and they get most of their moisture from these leaves. They rarely leave these trees, and their sharp claws and opposable digits easily keep them aloft.

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