A baby koala will debut at the San Francisco Zoo next week. The female joey (or baby koala) began to make her way out of her mother’s pouch in January. In February, she moved all the way out of the pouch and crawled onto her mother’s back. Soon the little joey will be ready for the public!
Koalas are marsupials native to Australia. Like other marsupials, koala babies are born underdeveloped, and they must climb into their mother’s pouch to finish development. Unlike kangaroo pouches, which open towards the top, koala pouches are located towards the bottom of their bodies and open outward. The joey won’t fall out of the pouch because the mother koala uses a strong muscle to keep the pouch closed.
To learn more about the debut of the San Francisco Zoo koala joey, see: San Francisco Zoo.
Read more about koalas on Animal Fact Guide’s article: Koala.