Koalas All About The Marsupial Symbol Of Australia
The koala is one of the world’s most iconic animal species. Koalas are beautiful animals and a symbol and they’re found nowhere else in the world but Australia!
They are listed as a vulnerable species, and their already diminished numbers took a big hit last year during the massive Australian bushfires.
Which is why everyone in Ohio zoo always happy to hear when a new koala is born into the world. And recently, one zoo started the new year by announcing that one of their koalas had given birth to a joey, for the first time in 15 years.
The Ohio zoo says that one of their female koalas, delivered her baby on July 5, and it has been developing in her pouch.
“Currently, the newborn Koalas is approximately the size of a softball, finely furred, and has recently opened its eyes,” the Columbus Zoo explained in a press release”.
And they said: “For now, guests may catch a glimpse of a tiny arm or leg every once in a while until around mid-March when the joey will outgrow Katy’s pouch.”
Unluckily, In the 1920’s, hundreds of thousands of koalas were hunt for the fur trade. And now koalas are contending with the consequences of ongoing excessive tree-clearing for agricultural and urban development in Australia.
Koalas being iconic and symbolic is not enough to save the koala from the threat of extinction. But the news of the newborn Koalas’s birth is a sign of better things to come, just in time for the new year.
Congrats, and everyone at the Columbus Zoo, on this great occasion. We can’t wait to see this beautiful koala grow up!