Koala (Phascolarctos cinerus)

Koala is probably one of the most popular animals in the world. This mammal is so adorable, because it looks like a little teddy bear.

Koala (Phascolarctos cinerus)

In fact, the koala is a marsupial animal. It is a representative of the Phascolarctidae family. The koala has nothing in common with bears except of their appearance. The wombats are the closest relatives. Koalas are Australian endemics. They inhabit nowhere else except this continent. Koalas are basically spread in eucalyptus forests. The food chain closely connects them with these trees.

Koala (Phascolarctos cinerus)

Interestingly, eucalyptus leaves contain highly concentrated acid that is poisonous for all animals. Koalas are less sensitive to the acid, but that doesn’t mean that they cannot poison themselves. Every season they choose those sorts of eucalyptus that are less toxic. There have been cases of poisoning, when koalas couldn’t change their habitat. It is considered, mistakenly, that they don’t drink water. Of course, it is a prejudice. They drink water, though not often.

Koala (Phascolarctos cinerus)

These marsupial animals spend most time of their lives on trees. They sleep, eat, and breed there. In Australia motorways often intersect eucalyptus forests. Koalas often die trying to cross roads. The mammals are very slow, calm, and sluggish. Koalas like to spend time sleeping or just sitting on trees motionlessly. Trying to find food, they climb trees and chew leaves slowly.

Koala (Phascolarctos cinerus)

Koalas breed only once in two years. Pregnancy lasts only 30-35 days. Females give birth only to one or two very small cubs. Then they live in pouches at first. These pouches are said to have backward-opening. Cubs are attached to their mothers. In captivity they often start crying without their mother. However, they are generally silent.These cute creatures live relatively in safety. Predatory animals don’t attack them because of eucalyptus smell. But koalas suffer from conjunctivitis and colds.
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