Monday, 21 October 2013

Koala Bear

This Koala Bear picture was taken at Steve Irwin's Zoo (Australia Zoo) just South of Brisbane. Early European settlers to Australia called the Koala the 'Native Bear', but in fact it's not a member of the bear family, it's a marsupial. The Koala's scientific name (Phascolarctos Cinereus) comes from the Greek: 'phaskolos' meaning "pouch" and; 'arktos' meaning "bear". It was the only Koala I could find awake. I guess the others were asleep due to being 'high' on eucalyptus leaves !

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