Koala, is it a Bear?

Nope, the Koala is not a bear. It is a marsupial mammal.

Most of the time they are asleep when people come to see them at the Kansas City Zoo. I was very luck this morning to catch them not only awake but eating and moving around. It was so very cool!

Having Breakfast
Having Breakfast

 

Just another bite
Just another bite

They eat only leaves and bark from eucalyptus trees. There are over 600 types, or species of these trees, but Koalas only eat the leaves and bark from 12 of them. The Kansas City Zoo has them specially brought in to be sure they have the right type.

Oh he's taking my picture. I'd better give him my best side.

Oh, he’s taking my picture. I’d better give him my best side.

 

No, wait a minute. Maybe this pose is better
No, wait a minute. Maybe this pose is better

 

So there!
So there!

 

Yes, there are two of us!
Yes, there are two of us!

 

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Come on now. I’ve just got to be the cutest thing you’ve seen today!

Koalas are mostly nocturnal. They spend up to 20 hours a day sleeping or resting in trees, curled up gripping the limbs with their feet. But you have to admit. They are just adorable when they’re awake.

In the Aboriginal language, the word Koala is thought to mean “does not drink”

I know, I know…… I’m one lucky person but you can be as well. My suggestion is to go to the zoo early in the morning. You just might get lucky to see them awake too.

I hope you enjoyed them. I know I did.

Thanks for stopping by!