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Healesville Sanctuary welcomes new koala joey
Spring has brought with it the arrival of some new tiny paws at Healesville Sanctuary, with our newest Koala joey just starting to emerge from mum’s pouch.
Born to first-time parents Hazel and Noojee, and no bigger than a jelly bean, the as-yet unnamed male joey has spent the past six months growing.
“When he was first born he was pink, hairless and tiny”, said Koala Keeper Kristy Eriksen. “We watched him make his way from the birth canal to the pouch completely unaided, relying on his already well-developed senses of smell and touch and an innate sense of direction,” Ms Eriksen said.
The joey has recently begun exploring more and more. With his confidence growing each time he ventures out of his mother’s pouch. Soon he will be riding on mum’s back and will eventually graduate to climbing trees all on his own - under mums watchful eye, of course.
“Now is the perfect time to see our new Koala joey on display in the Koala Forest exhibit at Healesville Sanctuary,” Ms Eriksen said.
Despite being Australia’s most iconic animal, Koala populations are under significant threat due to habitat destruction and fragmentation for agricultural and urban development.