The First Glimpses Of The Koala Joey At The Zoo Are So Adorable

Photo by Grahm S. Jones, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

There are few things I love more in this world than Koalas.

They’re adorable and sort of lazy and I really just appreciate their whole vibe. I’m always down to visit the koalas at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and that’s especially true now that there’s a tiny, precious joey around.

Katy the koala, who lives in the zoo’s Australia and the Islands region, has a tiny little joey growing in her pouch, and visitors can finally catch glimpses of its arms and legs. The joey was born on July 5, 2020, but since koalas are marsupials, the little, jellybean sized baby will have to spend more time developing in the pouch.

Katy the Koala shows off her “baby bump.” Photo by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Currently, the joey is approximately the size of a softball, finely furred, and has recently opened its eyes. Around mid-March, the joey will outgrow Katy’s pouch and we’ll all be able to get a much more detailed look at it. For now, we’ll have to settle for the occasional adorable limb.

This joey was the first to be born at the Columbus Zoo since 2006, and only the third successful koala birth since 1991.

“With only 53 koalas residing in nine AZA-accredited facilities in North America, the birth of this koala joey is an extremely significant achievement. We are thrilled to celebrate the new year with this great news, and we are proud of our continued commitment in working to protect the future of koalas and other species across the globe,” said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President/CEO Tom Stalf.

Photo by Grahm S. Jones, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Koalas are one of Australia’s most iconic animals. They’re currently listed as a “vulnerable” species. Ongoing habitat destruction, drought, and disease on Australia’s east coast, as well as the devastating bushfires in Australia in 2019-2020, have contributed to the koalas’ declining population.

Every koala that’s born will help ensure that generations to come get to share the planet with these cute, furry friends.

For more info about visiting the Columbus Zoo, please click here.

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