Friday, January 2, 2009

Camera Critters

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The zoo in Duisburg was the first zoo in Europe to keep and breed koalas and is still the only one in Germany. They are my favourite animals, ever since my parents gave me a stuffed toy koala for birthday when I was three years old.

They don't do a lot. They typical koala posture is like this
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But if you're lucky and patient, they do wake up now and then to get something to eat.
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The zoo offers five different eucalyptus species every day and the koalas are very picky about what they eat, choosing a leaf of that and a leaf of this. Otherwise they would poison themselves, eucalyptus contains a lot of toxins.
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31 comments:

Dina said...

Koalas! Aren't they wonderful creatures?! Glad they feel at home up north with you.
Greetings from their native land!

Juliana RW said...

Bring back to memory, I saw Koalas couple years ago while I was on vacation to Sydney - Australia :D

My CC entry this week : in HERE. Hope you have time to visit . Thanks

Bruce said...

Very cute & cuddly!

Carletta said...

Such a sweet looking animal I've always thought.
My favorite image is the last still one - so cute.

Nikki-ann said...

They are cute, aren't they? :)

lv2scpbk said...

Wonderful photos. I love these animals, they look so cute. Not sure why they want in a tree though, looks uncompforable to me. LOL.

Lapa37 said...

They sure are cute you must have a lot of patience to capture them awake.

Reader Wil said...

All the time I was in Australia I didn't see one wild koala, because they don't live in Queensland. I think that they are most interesting animals. Lovely photos!

Crafty Gardener said...

Koalas are adorable. Great photos. Thanks for visiting my blog.
Linda, aka Crafty Gardener

Karen said...

I love Koalas !!!

Like the photos :-)

Teena in Toronto said...

So that's what they look like!

I played too :)

Grammy said...

wonderful photos and video.

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

They are the cutest. Everytime I see one, I just want to cuddle. Very cute.

Mamapippa said...

Koala's are lovely animals. So cuddly !

kayleen said...

aww...they are cute.

Mimi said...

How exciting! I've never seen one in real life.

Here's wishing you a wonderful 2009!

Misty Dawn said...

What a GREAT post! I LOVE the pictures, but that video is absolutely wonderful! When he turned and looked at you while he was eating, I couldn't help but fall in love... those ears are about the most adorable thing EVER!

babooshka said...

Well I never knew this about the Koala in European captivity. Such cute creatures.

me ann my camera said...

Wow, it sure looks pretty cute for sure. Happy Critters Day!

i beati said...

I believe that's the first to be on CC . Good job !1Sandy

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Wonderful photos and information about Koalas. Perhaps, one day, I will get to see a live one. Thanks for sharing your photos.

Tootie said...

That is such a cute video! They do look like stuffed animals.

Barbara said...

Enjoyed these shots these are some lovable animals.
Smiles B

Lilli & Nevada said...

There is something so cute about these critters,love the clip of him eating

ViennaDaily said...

Wow, really a cutie koala bear!!!

magiceye said...

they are such laidback creatures!

fishing guy said...

Jennife: Beautiful capture of a neat little critter. It really wanted just the right leaf to eat, thanks for the video.

Kerri said...

Oh, they are one of my favorites too! How cute!!

Pagan Sphinx said...

These are great shots. Koalas are so cute. My fiance visited Australia on business and walked through a forest full of them. When he tried to gently touch one that was sleeping, she furiously barred her teeth to bite! He should have known better but said he couldn't resist trying to feel the fur, which felt like a thick rug.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Ladynred said...

Mever seen a koalas in real yet but I heard all about it. Looks beautiful!

Ice Pony Goddess said...

Chunky koala!