The first baby koala or a joey to be born at the Australian Reptile Park following the bushfires devastated the country.
Australian Reptile Park, near Sydney, New South Wales, is celebrating the arrival of baby Ash its first baby koala since the bushfires which devastated the area. Ash, unaware of her significance, popped her head out of mums pouch. Mother Rosie has shown excellent parenting skills. See the video below.
Ash born in January show signs that she’s a healthy koala joey, the zoo said. Ash was spending time in mum’s pouch to grow and strengthen.
Koalas are not bears, they are Marsupials. It means that their young are born immature and develop in the safety of a pouch.
Baby Ash brings a ray of sunshine to the Park, after the devastation of the bushfires that ravaged Australia in about mid-2019 and into 2020 brought terrible damage on koala populations. The Park said that she is a sign of hope for the future of Australia’s wildlife.
Australian Reptile Park had seven baby koalas last year. They are hoping to strengthen the numbers this year as the species faces extinction.
Koalas are especially defenseless to bushfires as they are slow-moving and live in eucalyptus trees. Eucalyptus trees burn quickly and profoundly, leaving the Koalas not much time to escape.
However, at the end of April, several injured animals were released back into the wild after the bushfires.
According to Australian Reptile Park, via a video on Facebook, they reopen in June following the lockdown measure.
Keepers have kept up with a steady stream of videos during the lockdown, which attracted millions of viewers over social media curious to know the animals.
Koalas spend 98 percent of their lives in the Eucalyptus trees; they only come to the floor for mating or to find a tree with a more generous food supply.
Image credit and for more info: The Australian ReptilePark