Baby koalas are too cute (this is indeed, a fact) and they are called Joey's, a female mummy koala is called a Doe and the male daddy koala is called a Buck. Koalas aren't bears – they're marsupials, when early Europeans first came to Australia, they thought that Koalas looked like bears so they were often called ‘Koala bears’ but no they are Koalas.
The name ‘Koala’ is thought to mean 'no drink' in one of the Aboriginal languages. Koalas don’t need to drink very often because they get most of the moisture they need from eucalyptus leaves. However, they will drink from waterholes and creeks etc if necessary, especially in times of drought and bushfires when the eucalyptus leaves contain less moisture than normal or are all burnt like in the 2019 Australian bush fires, at Love Bobbie Boutique we were carting and putting 160 litres of water each day throughout our property for the koalas, wallabies and many other animals and birds after the bush fire came through.
Even though when you look closely at a koala lounging around in it's favourite tree you may think they are high but despite the rumours, koalas don’t ‘get high’ or ‘drugged out’ on eucalyptus leaves. They sleep and rest a lot because the leaves are so low in nutrients that koalas need more sleep than most animals which basically helps them conserve energy.
After over 35 years of watching the koalas here at the Love Bobbie Boutique soap we have found that koalas are very territorial and do have favourite trees to sleep in, stay in during wild storms and they have their favourite trees to eat and mate in.
The male Buck koala makes a very loud grunting noise and the female Doe Koala makes a very high pitched screaming noise, these sounds you will hear constantly during breeding season both day and night.
The Doe (Female) begins mating, and can breed, when they are two years of age, generally giving birth once a year, for the next 10 to 15 years. The gestation period for our koalas is 35 days, after which the Doe gives birth to a single joey. Female koalas are also capable of giving birth to twins, however this is quite rare, but I have been lucky on several occasions over the past 35 years to witness Joey twins and I have to say it is the most beautiful and cutest sight I have even seen.
The Doe (mummy) Koala is a very good mother, it is a wonderful sight to watch the Doe teaching their young Joey to climb, they tend to place their baby joey out on a limb in front of them and they just sit back and watch the Joey start to move around by itself, but Joeys do not like their mothers to move, they will start to cry.
Breeding season at Love Bobbie Boutiques Koala property usually starts late August early September and continues through till late February early March. It is a very busy and noisey place to be during breeding season.
Koalas do smell like eucalyptus cough drops and so does their urine, the older Bucks (males) do have a much stronger eucalyptus odour because of their scent gland and it can be a stronger musky odour than eucalyptus. Juvenile Bucks are more likely to have a very slight eucalyptus smell. Koala Doe's (mothers) teach their joeys how to eat different species of trees so they have a balance diet and yes, all these different leaves act like a natural insect repellent for our koalas.
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