5 Gross Facts About Koalas

Baby koalas eat their mom’s poop… and that’s just the beginning.
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Additional info about the koala life cycle: http://bit.ly/1HPTmW4

Info on the koala reproductive system: http://bit.ly/1HPPVi8

Primary literature on the koala’s unique vocal organ (article behind paywall): http://bit.ly/1HPTQLW

Nature article on the koala’s bellow: http://bit.ly/1HPTZ1P

NOVA/PRI’s The World report on koala chlamydia: http://to.pbs.org/1HPUdWP

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Images and Footage

Audio and video of Koala Velar Vocal Fold Vibrations
Courtesy Dr. Benjamin Charlton

A video recording of a bellowing male koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) (called Andy) at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
Movie S1 from: Charlton, B. D., Ellis, W. A. H., McKinnon, A. J., Brumm, J., Nilsson, K., & Fitch, W. T. (2011). Perception of Male Caller Identity in Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus): Acoustic Analysis and Playback Experiments. PLoS ONE, 6(5), e20329. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0020329

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) newborn in pouch, Australia
Getty Images/Roland Seitre

young joey in pouch eating pap

Portrait of male Koala bear, Phascolarctos cinereus, 3 years old, in front of white background, studio shot

Koala chases girl riding an ATV and attacks
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Cutest Koala
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Phascolarctos cinereus -ZooParc de Beauval, France -upper body- 8a
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Baby Koala
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Koala with young
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Koala Eating
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Friendly Male Koala
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A cranky-looking koala, sitting beside the road on the way to Apollo Bay
Flickr/Shiny Things
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The World Factbook – Australia – Flickr – The Central Intelligence Agency (19)
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Koala being treated for chlamydia
Ari Daniel/WGBH Educational Foundation

Koala and joey
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Koala Eating (3337014192)
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Australia satellite plane
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Macropus rufus in ZOO Plock
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(used with permission from author)

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