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Koalas, or Koala Bears, are not actually bears as many people believe, they’re more closely related to kangaroos and wombats. Read the facts!
- Koalas are only 25 to 35 inches long, and weigh just 30 pounds or less!
- A baby koala which has been just born is usually less than 1 inch long.
- A new-born koala usually stays inside the mother’s pouch for about six months.
- The word koala means “An animal which does not drink”.
- A koala mostly eats eucalyptus leaves and hardly drinks any water.
- Like the kangaroo, they also have the ability to carry their babies in their pouch.
- They actually do not belong to the bear family in any way.
- A koala sleeps for around 20 hours a day.
- They are not very social animals and usually stay alone.
- Every male koala has a scent gland on the chest which they rub on the trees to mark their territories.
- Only one baby koala is born per year to a female.
- They communicate with each other by making a snore like sound which is followed by a belch.
- A fully grown koala can eat approximately one kilogramme of leaves in a night.
- A new-born cub has no fur on its body and the eyes and ears are also closed. Koalas are mostly found in Australia.
- They have different fur type in different areas.
- Gumtrees act as both food and place for living for koalas.
- A koala gets fully grown in the fourth year of their life.
- Their furry tail gives them comfort for sitting on trees for long hours.