Koala’s are one of the cutest and most recognized animals around. It is native to Australia, and believe it or not, it’s not technically a bear, it’s a marsupial. The Koala’s name was given to it by not only the aboriginals of Australia, but also by the first settlers. In native Australian, “koala” means “no drink.” However, once the settlers got a look at this fluffy animal they thought it was a bear – therefore koala bear it was named.
The koala lives most of its life in its “home trees” which consists of a group of eucalyptus trees. This is not only a place to sleep, live and tend to their young, but their main source of food. The koala’s territorial trees may overlap other koalas, but by nature this animal is not a social creature. The koala will scent mark its own trees and visit them on a regular basis.
This marsupial is not a big animal. It measures about 34 inches long (85 centimeters) and can weigh anywhere from 8.8 to 33 pounds (4 to 15 kilograms). It has thick grey and white fur or brown and white fur (depending on its location), a large smooth nose and huge fluffy ears. Despite the koala’s large head, it has a relatively small brain. This is due to the fact that the eucalyptus
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