Topic – Koalas Are Cute

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Koalas Are Cute

Many people think koalas are a kind of bear, but that is not true. Koalas belong to the same animal group as kangaroos.

Koalas live in Australia. They live in forests that have many trees called eucalyptus (say it like this: you-cah-lip-tus). Eucalyptus leaves are the favourite food of koalas. They spend most of their time in eucalyptus trees. They even sleep in these trees!

Koalas have bodies that make it easy for them to live in trees. Their front paws have five fingers each. Two of these fingers work like thumbs so koalas can hold tight to branches. Their fingers also make it easy for koalas to pick eucalyptus leaves.

Koalas have thick, rough skin on the bottom of their paws. The rough skin keeps their paws from sliding on tree branches. The sharp claws on their back paws dig into tree bark, making it easier to climb. Strong thigh muscles give koalas the strength to climb tall trees.

Female koalas have one baby at a time. The baby is called a joey and it is very tiny. When the joey is born, it climbs into a pouch over the mother’s stomach. It stays in the pouch for six months. The joey gets milk from its mother’s body and grows bigger and stronger. After the joey comes out of the pouch, it stays with its mother for six more months. Then it can live on its own.

Koalas do not get much energy from eating eucalyptus leaves. To save energy, they move slowly and sleep most of the time. A koala sleeps for about 20 hours a day!

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