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The cuteness of these animals is pretty much a universally accepted fact, but can one individual koala claim the title of the cutest koala in the world? Yes, if his name is Archer, the smallest, roundest, fuzziest, and most adorable koala you’ve ever seen. Meet Archer, a koala joey living at the Featherdale Wildlife Park in Sydney, Australia.
Things started out kind of rough for Archer. Unfortunately, his mom Chloe wasn’t doing the best job of raising him, and keepers at the park were concerned about his small size and overall health. A keeper with many years of experience took on the task of hand-raising Archer and although still small, he is beginning to thrive.
Archer has transitioned from milk to eucalyptus leaves. After a long period of time with human caregivers, Archer has been reintroduced to the other koalas at the park and now keeps busy climbing trees and playing with the other young koalas.
Archer’s tiny size and irresistible teddy bear-like appearance are making him an Internet sensation. Who could resist that fuzzy round face and sweet white bib? Stop being so cute, Archer. You’re killing us!
Want to learn more about koalas? Then read on!
These amazing creatures are endemic to Australia, meaning that they are native to this country and can't be found elsewhere in the world. They mostly live in open forests and other woodland areas, although they are quite picky due to their interesting diet.
They are distributed across a variety of regions in the country, including Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and some small parts in Southern Australia. Fossil remains show that they used to cover a large area in the far past.
These creatures have a few tricks up their sleeves for surviving in the wild. For example, you probably know that they’re arboreal, meaning that they spend most of their lives in trees and prefer rainy climates. But here’s something else you should know:
Koalas have adapted physically to survive in their environments. Their sharp claws and opposable digits help them climb and grip onto branches, while their back feet have extra skin and fur to keep them warm when they’re perched high up in the trees. They also have a thick, wooly coat to protect them from extreme temperatures and an acute sense of smell that helps them find food.
When it comes to energy consumption, koalas are very efficient animals – they only need to consume 20-25% of their body weight every day which is much less than other animals of similar sizes. This means they don’t need to waste energy looking for food, allowing them to conserve it for more important things like surviving predators or finding mates.
Their diet also helps them survive - koalas only eat eucalyptus leaves which are toxic for many other animals but not for koalas because of specialized bacteria in their intestines which gives them immunity against toxic compounds found in eucalyptus leaves. This means that koalas can take advantage of food sources that other animals can’t access, allowing them to thrive even when resources are scarce.
Koalas have some of the strangest diets among those in the animal example. They don't drink water, getting all the moisture they need from their diet, which is made up mainly of Eucalyptus leaves.
It takes a lot of energy to digest Eucalyptus leaves, which makes them sleep up to 20 hours a day. They prefer certain species of Eucalyptus over others, and this can depend on where in Australia they live. In fact, koalas from different regions tend to have different tastes in tree species.
They have very sharp teeth specially designed for munching on trees, and they can consume up to 500g of leaf per day. That's a lot! Even though koalas like Eucalyptus, it doesn't provide all the nutrients they need, so sometimes they switch things up and eat other types of leaves or even flowers.
Like many other animals that have been featured on this site, koalas face a deadly threat from industrialization and climate change. Their special sanctuaries continue to be reduced due to habitat fragmentation and bushfires.
Koalas are also at risk from the development of certain diseases, the foremost of which is chlamydia. A 29-year study of rescues in New South Wales state that this disease remains a problem to their survival.
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Neither! Both animals are equally cute with their own beauty and charm. Admittedly, some individuals might prefer one over the other.
Many might argue Archer is the cutest koala in the world given his size. However, there are other equally cute baby koalas that may also be deserving of the title.
Perhaps one of the most well-known is "hug a koala," which encourages people to show their love and affection for these marsupials. Other popular phrases like "cuddle buddy" and "teddy bear" are often used to describe the cuddly nature of koalas. There's also the classic Aussie slang term, "koala-ty time," which refers to a relaxing and enjoyable period spent unwinding with loved ones, much like a koala napping in a gum tree.