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The koala is an arboreal herbivorous marsupial native to Australia. It is the only extant representative of the family Phascolarctidae, and its closest living relative is the wombat. Such an amazing animal that I see so rarely. And koalas are not bears! This is the first "wild" koala I have seen in over 20 years, and it certainly hasn't been for the lack of looking. There were actually two in this area, and this particular fellow was very active.
Spotted in a native eucalypt in a small bayside village, but very close to an extensive bushland area. Certainly enough trees in the area for them to move around easily.
It was raining and the light was awful, and the koala was high up in the tree. Not the best pics, but hey, it's a wild koala, and it was spotted only a few minutes after I disembarked the ferry. When I'm in the car driving around Brisbane, I'm always on the lookout for koalas, but I have to remind myself to keep my eyes on the road and not on the trees. No driving involved to spot this fellow.
Spotted on Jan 11, 2015
Submitted on Jan 15, 2015
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