Wish We Were Here: Koala Love

So far in my Wish We Were Here Wednesday posts I have recapped my travels in Melbourne, Sydney and along the Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles. These were seriously some of the most beautiful places I have ever seen or been too!

Aside from all the amazing architecture in Australia there are some really incredible animals that you can’t find anywhere else in the world.

This was my first Koala sighting –

This is my favorite picture of a koala – he is in deep thought.

Koala’s are so freaking cute I can’t even stand it! During one of our tours in Australia we were driving in a bus and pulled right off the side of the road to check out the Koala’s.

We were total tourists, but it was awesome and well worth it!

Check out those claws! Apparently Koala’s can be a bit aggressive so we kept our distance from them in the wild.

Koala Fun Facts:

  1. A Koala is not a Bear but were called Koala Bear’s by early settlers
  2. The Koala’s diet is almost entirely made up of eucalyptus leaves
  3. Koala’s rest motionless for 16-18 hours a day
  4. They spend about 3 of their 5 active hours a day eating
  5. A baby koala is referred to as a joey and is hairless, blind, and earless
     
    See the Koala in the tree behind me??

During my time Down Under I was able to see Koala’s in trees in their natural habitat – but I also had the pleasure of holding one at an animal conservatory.

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There was a little baby Koala out when I was in line and my friend that was with me got to hold it, then they switched them out and I got this guy. He was pretty massive and heavy.

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He also peed on my shirt a little bit which was kind of gross! But it was really cool to hold one – what a great photo-op, right?

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Have you ever handled a really cool animal at a zoo or nature conservatory? Do you have a favorite wild animal?

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