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You Woke me Up!

By MaryFaith
Though often called the koala "bear," this cuddly animal is not a bear at all; it is a marsupial, or pouched mammal. After giving birth, a female koala carries her baby in her pouch for about six months. When the infant emerges, it rides on its mother's back or clings to her belly, accompanying her everywhere until it is about a year old.

Koalas live in eastern Australia, where the eucalyptus trees they love are most plentiful. In fact, they rarely leave these trees, and their sharp claws and opposable digits easily keep them aloft. During the day they doze, tucked into forks or nooks in the trees, sleeping for up to 18 hours.

When not asleep a koala feeds on eucalyptus leaves, especially at night. Koalas do not drink much water and they get most of their moisture from these leaves. Each animal eats a tremendous amount for its size—about two and a half pounds (one kilogram) of leaves a day. Koalas even store snacks of leaves in pouches in their cheeks.

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Tags: Photo journalism General Close-up and macro Koala Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature Portraits and people

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16 Jul 2015 11:07PM
Delightful capture Mary..Lin
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2015 11:15PM
How adorable!
Nice one Mary! GrinGrinGrin
16 Jul 2015 11:37PM
Excellent captures Mary,
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2015 11:57PM
Looks as if he's coming too after a heavy night Mary. Sure these guys get bombed on all that eucalyptus.
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Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2015 12:05AM
what lovely two shots presented well Mary
really looking cute with a good title
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
17 Jul 2015 12:23AM
Koalas are delightfully dear-- wish we had them for pets! (no eucalyptus!)
Two lovely images Mary and a interesting narrative. They are really cute and cuddly.
tonyguitar 9 77 37 Canada
17 Jul 2015 1:36AM
Two lovely images Mary and a very interesting narrative. I often thought of them as a possible possum or sloth only much easier to look at. Your usual fine photographic quality shines through well here . TG
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 Canada
17 Jul 2015 3:38AM
How interesting to see. We don't see many of these koala's. Great shots.
Two beautiful koala images with lovely light and wonderful colours, lovely captures, beautiful photography, Mary. SmileSmileSmileSmile
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
17 Jul 2015 5:08AM
Wonderful captures and presentation, Mary, they look so cuddly Smile
17 Jul 2015 7:35AM
Excellent narration and images Mary.
17 Jul 2015 8:59AM
A gorgeous photo of these two Mary and such a good write up too.

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jocas 6 6 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2015 4:56PM
Such a beautiful image , i love koalas GrinGrin
johnke Plus
8 231 17 England
17 Jul 2015 5:51PM
Wonderful Mary and thank you for the Info, awesome...John
18 Jul 2015 1:23AM
Two fine images, Mary, and a fascinating write-up with them! What a great life to sleep up to 18 hours a day! Wink
Wonderful animals,

Dave Wink

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