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KOALA BEARS

The koala is native to Eastern and Southeastern Australia, and like a kangaroo, is a marsupial. Marsupials are animals where the female has a pouch to raise her young. A baby koala is called a joey, and is born hairless, blind, and earless. It stays hidden in its mother’s pouch for about six months, while it grows fur and ears. After this time, it stays with its mother for another six months, riding on her back, and feeding on both milk and Eucalyptus leaves.


Koalas have no tail, but have an excellent sense of balance. They also are very muscular and have strong limbs for climbing. Their paws have rough pads on their palms and sharp claws for climbing. Each paw has five fingers, which helps them keep their grip while climbing. The fingers even have fingerprints that are unique to each koala!


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