Animal Diaries Archive
A koala doesn't change its spots
25 May 2007
Check out the two young koalas in this photo. Do you notice anything different about them? I'll give you a hint, they each have a very unique identification… their fur coat!
The white colouration that you can see on their rump is a natural marking that all koalas are born with. But each individuals markings are different, depending on genes passed down from their parents. The colouring on their coat serves a very important purpose in the wild, it blends in with the silvery grey colour of our magnificent gum tree trunks, and so helps to camoflauge the koala from our nosy eyes below.
Nevertheless both girls proudly show off their individual identification.
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