Sunday, April 25, 2010

Hug a Tree!


Now, who wouldn't want to just grab that cute koala and squeeze it hard while being all mushy..?

I found this cuteness overdose in Chiang Mai's zoo, in Thailand, napping (duh!) with all its buddies.

Just so you know, here are some koala facts:

  • Koalas are called "bears" but they are in fact marsupials.. like the kangaroo, or the wombat.
  • The word koala is aboriginal for "no drink". Koala's get the water they need from the leaves they eat.
  • Koalas don't have tails.
  • Baby koalas, after being born, stay in their mother's pouch for 6 to 7 months drinking milk!
  • Koalas are happy sleepers. They sleep about 18 to 20 hours per day and are active only after sunset.
  • Koalas have few natural predators. They usually get killed by dogs or cars.
  • The baby koala is called a joey.
  • Koalas cry like a baby screaming when in danger. They also "bark" when aggressive.
  • Eucalyptus leaves are poisonous to most animals, but koalas' digestive system is able to detoxify the leaves inside the stomach.
  • Koalas are not "high" on eucalyptus. They sleep a lot to conserve energy due to their slow metabolic rate.
Yes, koalas are cute little animals, they are protected species though so don't get one as a pet...

Aaaaaaaawwwwwwwww so cuuuuuute! *drools*


Julie Broadbent said...

Curest thing ever - but with the most wicked fingernails!

Anonymous said...

From Sabina:

That is cute, cute, cute, Daniel!

Daniel N. said...

Thanks a lot you two! :)

Steve said...

I didn't realize that those things had claws that big. I guess that makes sense though since they climb trees all day and have to cling to them.

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