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Koala Bear: The Teddy Bear

Data, information and main features:

- The scientific name of the koala is Phascolarctos cinereus.

- The Koala is a marsupial mammal whose habitat is the forests of northeastern and southeastern Australia.

- This marsupial feeds exclusively on eucalyptus leaves. They do not drink water, getting this liquid from eucalyptus leaves.

- Cellulose digestion, found in eucalyptus leaves, occurs in the animal's large intestine through the bacterial fermentation process.

- The fur of the koalas (dense and silky) is gray and white. They have a large head (relative to the rest of the body), well-spaced eyes, a thick nose and a short snout.

- Koalas don't live in shelters. They are always exposed to the factors of nature (sun, wind and rain).

- They sleep an average of 14 hours a day. The other 10 hours go by eating.

The koala's movements are slow, resembling those of the sloth.

- Since they have no tail, they use the claws to climb trees.

- Koala breeding occurs at a specific time (during 4 months of the year). After fertilization, the female's gestation lasts from 33 to 36 days. In most cases, only one puppy is born, which is raised by the mother, because the father moves away and does not follow the development of the puppy. It is born about 0.5 gram and 22 millimeters long.

- The main predator of koalas is a species of wild dog, known as canis dingo.

- This is an endangered species due to hunting and forest burning.

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom: Animalia

Philo: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Infraclass: Marsupialia

Order: Diprotodontics

Family: Phascolarctidae

Genre: Phascolarctos

Species: P. cinereus

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus): A species of marsupial very common in Australia.