Australia’s iconic koala—a species already threatened with extinction—is currently in the midst of a devastating chlamydia epidemic. Some scientists are now arguing that in order to save these cute marsupials from extinction, we may have to euthanize them in a massive cull.
A six-month-old koala named Phantom was allowed to hold on to his mother while she was being operated on to treat a collapsed lung.
A bush fire in Adelaide, Australia imperiled humans and animals alike this week. Jeremy, the young male koala pictured here, was the first bushfire victim to pass through the Australian Marine Wildlife Research & Rescue Organization's wildlife clinic.
Late last week, wildlife rescue workers responded to a call about an injured koala in Melbourne. After rescuers retrieved the marsupial, who they nicknamed Sir Chompsalot, they realized they would have to perform CPR.
Here's a little fun fact for your next Australia-themed dinner party: female marsupials all have three vaginas. That includes kangaroos, koalas, quokkas, and those cube-pooping wombats.
Seriously? Koalas weren't cute enough? Now they're starting to take selfies.
Prepare for disappointment, drop bear aficionados. The photo at left of an extremely ornery koala has been circulating around the internet recently, but it's sadly just a manipulation of Flickr uploader Oz_drdolittle's photo of a drenched koala. And if you're bummed the monster at left doesn't exist, know that reality…
Yes. You can. Now try to sleep tonight. Apparently, the koala population is threatened by a terrible and widespread outbreak of chlamydia. And it can be spread to humans. No. Not that way.