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[–] GOAT_BURGER 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Can they safely eat anything other than eucalyptus?

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[–] GroundskeeperWillie [S] 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Unfortunately no. They have such a specific diet of eucalyptus leaves. Whats even harder for them is that koalas are so fussy on the eucalyptus they eat. Certain eucalyptus trees are designated as sleeping trees, sitting trees and eating trees. They have favorite types of eucalyptus leaves that they eat. If you put a koalas favorite eucalyptus leaves on a plate then they would not eat them as the koala would only eat leaves straight off of a tree; that is how fussy they are. This poor diet leads to them having a low amount of energy and sleeping most of the day.

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[–] Merde 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Are they soft?

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[–] GroundskeeperWillie [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Very soft. In pictures their fur looks coarse but it is in fact soft and cuddly.

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[–] Merde 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I have another! Do they really sleep a lot? I've heard that they sleep crazy amounts

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[–] RegalSerperior 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

How vicious can a koala be?

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[–] GroundskeeperWillie [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

That depends on: a) If it's mating season b) If an alpha male is around c) If a joey is around.

Koalas are not as vicious as most people make them out to be. Wild koalas will not want you to come close but if you did see a koala in the wild you would be able to stroke it. An alpha male would be less willing for cuddles but still will not attack you unless you try to hurt it or constrain it. A mother will protect her joey until she dies so if the mother feels like you are going to hurt her joey she will go into a frenzy to stop you.

In all though, koalas are as huggable as you think. You can cuddle lots of them in zoos. Wild koalas do stay away though because they are not used to the treatment.

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[–] ShinyRock 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I suddenly got warm and fuzzy on the inside

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[–] UnknownGamer 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Why Koalas? What interests you about them?

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[–] GroundskeeperWillie [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Mainly the fact they are so cute but also that their lifestyle is interesting. One male covers a range of 1-2km of trees and looks after around 10-20 females. They fight as a last resort if they cannot decide who is the most alpha from bellowing. They sleep 18-22 hours a day yet are a fairly strong surviving species. They are declining slowly in numbers and need help but the fact they are still around and are not extinct is amazing.

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[–] Brachialis 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

If i see a koala and attempt to shake his hand, what would be the ramifications?

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[–] GroundskeeperWillie [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

a) the koala will run away and jump to a different tree. b) the koala will bite, scram or enrage into a frenzy to hurt you. c) the koala will let you shake it's paw, smell your hand then place your hand on an area for you to scratch.

c) is not a lie either - they do like human interaction. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1173900/Cute-koala-blisses-tummy-rub.html

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[–] Brachialis 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

So I have a 1 in 3 chance of being bro's with a koala. I'll take it. Also that video is what I want in life.

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[–] adik97 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Any interesting facts about them?

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[–] GroundskeeperWillie [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Koalas don't make sounds that are sweet and cute, they bellow with special organs that create a low pitched sound. They do this to assert dominance. The male with the lowest bellow is the strongest. If a female bellows it is to indicate she wants sex.

This video is low quality but it is real: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynSiIFxV1KE

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[–] BelligerentVassal 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

What species is the closest relative to the koala?

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[–] GroundskeeperWillie [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

The wombat! Surprisingly similar in look, but completely different lifestyles. A wombat will live in underground holes, where as the koala will live in the trees.

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[–] Mister_Sparkle 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Would you rather fight a koala the size of an emu or 100 emus the size of koalas?

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[–] GroundskeeperWillie [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Easily a koala the size of an emu. I'd have 20 hours a day to rest and prepare, then 4 hours to run and hide from it.

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