Do you know other animals that carry their babies in a pouch?
Front Paw (left) - Back Paw (right)
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Male: male Female: female Baby: joey
The Eucalyptus trees are both food and homes for the koalas... because there is very little nutritional value in the leaves of the eucalyptus, Koalas will spend most of their time sleeping. The Koala is a nocturnal animals. This means that they sleep in the daytime, and move around and feed at night. Orana, pictured here is from the Toledo Zoo.
Do you know another animal that is nocturnal? ANSWER
Koala baby, Mundooie (Mun-dewie) born at Toledo Zoo July 12, 2000. The koala baby is about the size of a nickel when born. The baby crawls into the mother's pouch where they live hidden from view for about 6 months. The baby feeds and grows while in the pouch. You can see the baby riding on it's mom's back (picture on the left).
Below, you can see the baby in the pouch nursing (drawings from Toledo Zoo). After the baby is out of the pouch, they will eat their main diet of eucalyptus leaves... sometimes they will stick their head into the pouch to drink the mother's milk. Middle photo is Mundooie at the age of seven months.
Mundooie at 7 months
Toledo Zoo's Koalas - Orana (female - left & middle photo) and Bunari (male - right)
(on loan from San Diego Zoo).
Photo from Cleveland Zoo showing a baby Koala still in Mom's pouch.
Alkoo... Baby from Toledo Zoo - July 2002 (one year old) and Mom - Orana
Click to see larger photo of Bunari (left) and Alkoo (right)
Watch MPG Movie of Bunari walking on floor...
Alkoo walking in tree.
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