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Sleeping Koala

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Caption: Sleeping Koala
Scientific name: Phascolarctos cinereus
Location: New South wales, Australia
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Comments: Sleeping Koala, Taronga Zoo, New South Wales, Australia. The koala or inaccurately, koala bear, is an arboreal herbivorous marsupial native to Australia. It is the only extant representative of the family Phascolarctidae, and its closest living relatives are the wombats. The koala has a gestation period lasting 30-35 days, and gives birth to a single young (although twins occur on occasion). As with all marsupials, the joey is born while at the embryonic stage, weighing only 0.5 g (0.02 oz). However, it has relatively well-developed lips, forelimbs and shoulders, as well as functioning respiratory, digestive and urinary systems. The joey crawls into its mother's pouch to continue the rest of its development. The joey fully emerges from the pouch for the first time at six or seven months of age, when it weighs 300-500 g (11-18 oz). GTPhoto is a full wildlife and nature agency with all award winning photographers, filmmakers, authors, scientists & guides to call upon.

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