They are very aggressive and do not consume water: 5 interesting facts about koalas

By SSPDaily editionFeb 1, 2024 09:51 AMSociety
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Almost everyone has ever seen koalas in movies or programs. SSPDaily has prepared five interesting facts about these charming animals that may surprise you.

They are not actually bears

Despite their bear-like appearance, koalas are not related to bears. They belong to a separate species and share only common features, such as the absence of a tail, with animals from the Ursidae family.

Slow and sleepy lifestyle

Koalas prefer a leisurely lifestyle. They spend more time sitting on branches and quietly chewing on eucalyptus leaves. These animals are known to sleep up to 20 hours a day, which leaves them little time for other activities.

Surprising aggressiveness

Although koalas seem docile, they can be aggressive. This happens in territorial disputes or during mating. The male koala may try to intimidate his rival before taking more decisive action.

Anhydrous existence

The term "koala" may have originated from the Darak word "gulawan", which means "an animal that does not drink water". These adorable creatures get their water mainly from the wet leaves they consume. However, in emergencies, such as forest fires, they may seek human help.

Unique choice of diet

The main source of diet for koalas is eucalyptus leaves. Despite the fact that deforestation poses a threat to their environment, they demonstrate a thoughtful selection behavior. Interestingly, eucalyptus leaves contain toxins that are harmful to many other mammals, which gives koalas a significant advantage in food competition.

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