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18 Interesting Facts About Koalas

Koalas, or Koala Bears, are not actually bears as many people believe, they’re more closely related to kangaroos and wombats. Read the facts!

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

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  1. Beth - 22 September 2012 - Reply

    Agree with Aussie_Mac!!!! It’s not a bear! Marsupial ftw

  2. Aussie_Mac - 10 May 2012 - Reply

    a koala is not a Bear it is a marsupial

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