(via The Telegraph)


Albino Baby KOALA
Phascolarctos cinereus
© – malenkie-zhivotnye (which could be the photographer or say cute photo, hard to tell as it’s in cyrillic)

The koala is found in Australia, though albino koalas are rare. Populations extend for considerable distances inland in regions with enough moisture to support suitable woodlands. The koalas of South Australia were largely exterminated during the early part of the 20th century, but the state has since been repopulated with Victorian stock. The koala is not found in Tasmania or Western Australia.

  • Like wombats and sloths, the koala has a very low metabolic rate for a mammal and rests motionless for about 16 to 18 hours a day, sleeping most of that time.
  • Koalas spend about three of their five active hours eating, usually at night.
  • Koalas eat an average of 500 g (18 oz) of eucalypt leaves each day, chewing to a very fine paste before swallowing.
  • The liver deactivates the toxic components of the leaves, and the hind gut is greatly enlarged to extract the maximum amount of nutrient from their poor quality diet. Much of this is done through bacterial fermentation
  • While young are being weaned, the mom passes essential digestive aids to her offspring.

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