Moodzie loves Koalas, they are truly awesome creatures, primarily residing within Australia, and most well-known for how they are labelled as “no-drink”, as unlike other animals Koalas do not require to drink water. Koalas are found in the eucalyptus forests of eastern Australia. Moodzie will share some facts about Koalas, as they have grey fur with a cream-coloured chest, and strong, clawed feet, perfect for living in the branches of trees. Although you may have heard people call them koala ‘bears’, these awesome animals aren’t bears at all – they are in fact marsupials. A group of mammals, most marsupials have pouches where their newborns develop. When an infant koala – called a joey – is born, it immediately climbs up to its mother’s pouch. Blind and earless, a joey uses its strong sense of touch and smell, as well as natural instinct, to find its way. A joey grows and develops in the pouch for about six months. Once strong enough, the youngster rides around on its mother’s back for a further six months, only using the pouch to feed. Koala’s grow up to become big eaters, shifting up to one kilogram of eucalyptus leaves in a day! They are fussy, too, and will select the most nutritious and tastiest leaves from the trees where they live. Although these beautiful creatures are protected by law, and not classed as an endangered species, their habitat is under threat. Sadly, around 80% of koala habitat has been lost to human homes, drought and forest fires.
Moodzie would also like to share another nickname for koalas, and that is native bear, as koalas also happen to have very thick fur, sleep a lot, similar to other traditional bears. The koala’s territory is getting smaller because people are cutting down trees and making farms on them. Koalas can only live in one place in the world, Australia. The koala only eats Eucalyptus leaves and it eats so many leaves, it smells like the leaves. The, koala hops from tree to tree and climbs the trees to get the leaves. The koala will eat 2.5 pounds of food a day. It uses its claws to get the branches and get the leaves. The koala used to be endangered because people would kill the koala for its fur. Thus, Moodzie believes Koalas are truly awesome animals, and should be cared about more so, as the chance of their extinction is rather high.
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