Taipei Zoo Touts Baby Koala Coming Out

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Monday July 23, by Jerome F. Keating Ph.D.

On the lighter side, Taipei Zoo announced that its baby koala has finally come out of the mother's pouch (after 179 days) to face the world. Perhaps it is telling us something. Nonetheless, the young koala seems to be doing OK; good news for the staff and the mother since first born koalas have a 70 per cent mortality rate.

On the other side; koalas are known to sleep 18 to 20 hours a day; seem like a good life? Don't be too hasty, their diet of eucalyptus leaves does not provide much oxygen to their brains and that is one of the reasons for such long naps. All in all, from my side, "Life ain't easy being a koala..