Cooberie Park Koala Capri with her new baby which only emerged from its pouch 5 days ago.Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Cooberie Park Koala Capri with her new baby which only emerged from its pouch 5 days ago.Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Cooberrie Park five-day-old baby girl's photo goes viral

IT'S only been five days since she emerged from her mother's pouch, but this baby koala is already an internet sensation.

The baby girl's photo has gone "viral" after the Facebook page Australia.com picked up Cooberrie Park's image of her last week.

The cute and cuddly joey, yet to be named, has racked up more than 120,000 likes, almost 4000 comments and has been viewed more than two million times online.

Cooberrie Park wildlife keeper Kieron Smedley said the joey's mother, Capri, gave birth on October 31, but the joey had only been visible for five days.

"When they're born they're the size of a jelly bean, so you don't know if she still has the baby or not until there's movement in their pouch," he said.

"But it's the first baby koala we've had here in over two years and the first baby girl we've had in eight years."

Kieron said the joey's arrival was a great success for the wildlife park and the region.

"People from all over the world have seen this; it's insane," he said.

"Capri is a very docile koala and she will always pose for photos. Because the mother is calm the baby is calm as well, so it's great that visitors can come and see them and get up close."

Keiron said the joey would stay at Cooberrie Park.

Go to cooberriepark.com.au to enter the naming competition.

KOALA FACTS

Koalas are not bears but marsupials, which means their young are born immature and develop further in a pouch.

Koala young are known as joeys.

Chlamydia is an organism that lives in the body tissues of most healthy koalas. Chlamydia may act as a control mechanism to limit populations so only the strongest and fittest animals survive.

Habitat loss is the greatest problem facing koalas.


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