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Wild Things: Koalas

How many types of bears can you name? Black bears, grizzly bears, polar bears…koala bears? You’d never believe it, but koalas aren’t actually bears. Even though we commonly refer to koalas as bears, they’re actually arboreal herbivorous marsupial. Huh? In other words, koalas are tree-dwelling plant eaters who have a pouch to carry their young.

Their Habitat and Diet

Koalas live in eucalyptus forests in the east and south of Australia. Their primary diet comes from leaves of the eucalyptus trees, which are low in nutrients. To most animals, eucalyptus leaves are very poisonous. But koalas have adapted to help digest these toxins. They have an unusually slow metabolic rate that helps slow their digestion. Their slow metabolism leaves koalas with very little energy. That’s why they can sleep for up to 18 hours a day!

Their Name

Unlike most animals, koalas only drink when they’re sick. That’s because 90% of the water they consume comes from the moisture in the eucalyptus leaves. After all, that’s where koalas got their name; the word koala comes from an Aboriginal word that means “no drink.”

Their Temperament

Their slow movements and near constant sleeping patterns make koalas look like cute, animated teddy bears. But don’t be fooled! Koalas can be violent when they’re disturbed. They have long, sharp claws and powerful jaws that help them chew through the eucalypt leaves.

Their Appearance

Koalas are tree dwellers. They have impeccable balance that helps them sit, sleep and eat in trees. Their paws have rough pads that make it easy to climb and grip branches. They have thick fur that protects them from all temperatures and weather conditions. The fur on their hind quarters is packed thicker than on the rest of their body to protect their bottoms from hard, rough branches.

Hold a Koala

If you live in Australia or you’re planning on traveling there, head to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on Australia’s Gold Coast. There you can get your very own picture holding a koala! You can also take a trolley ride around the park where you’ll see other Aussie animals, such as wombats, dingoes and crocodiles. And you can get up close and personal with the kangaroos!

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Tennis123
Tennis123 posted in Debating:
anyone who honestly believes the earth is flat, please add me so we can have a private 1 on 1 conversation about this.
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Tennis123
Tennis123 posted in Debating:
a college degree means literally nothing. and lets see the moons shadows, timezones, the horizon, the fact that you can see farther when you are higher up, hurricanes (because of the earth spinning), need i go on?
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"Tennis123" wrote: then that kinda proves your aren't logical. do you honestly think some youtube video with a conspiracy theory nut holds more merit than scientific fact and evidence? What if that ' conspiracy theory nut' holds a college degree? Would that make you believe them? AND WHAT EVIDENCE DO YOU HAVE THAT THE EARTH IS ROUND? You can't see it with your own eyes! Unless CGI pictures count....
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Tennis123
Tennis123 posted in Debating:
then that kinda proves your aren't logical. do you honestly think some youtube video with a conspiracy theory nut holds more merit than scientific fact and evidence?
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"Tennis123" wrote: "CaptJolee" wrote: "Tennis123" wrote: i would like to point out that theres a difference between having an open mind and believing crazy stuff because of willful or unintentional scientific and factual ignorance. youtube videos made by conspiracy theorists are not a very good source of information. I honestly think that if you believe the earth is flat, there is something fundamentally wrong with your way of thinking and how you decide whats true and whats not. so what your saying is that if we believe in the flat earth we have some kind of mental problem??? what I'm saying is that you're not a logical person and are easily manipulated if you do.   well im quite the opposite since i research both side of the theory by looking at even the debunks
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