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    Default Baby koala makes appearance at Riverbanks Zoo


    Too big for mom's pouch, Baby Koala Owen has finally emerged for visitiors at the Koala Knockabout exhibit at the Riverbanks Zoo. Born to mom Lottie back in May, Owen started out as a jellybean-sized joey nestled deep within mom's pouch, but has since grown to a perfect Koala-sized backpack. For the most part, Australian animals in non-Australian zoos are rare and the Riverbanks Zoo was lucky to receive Lottie from South Carolina's sister Australian state of Queensland in 2003. In the early 20th Century, Koalas were almost hunted to extinction for their fur, which was exported to Europe and North America. Today, anyone who even thinks of buying a Koala fur jacket should probably be slapped, or at the very least, de-friended on Facebook.


    Photo credits: Richard Rokes / Riverbanks Zoo

    Too Big for the Pouch, but Perfect as a Backpack - ZooBorns

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    Oooo-I want that baby!
    I didn't start out to collect diamonds, but somehow they just kept piling up.-Mae West

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    Awwww!!!!! Too scrumptious for words!!
    Rest in Peace my beautiful little Bonnie

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    So beautiful. I just made the second picture..

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    I live about 10 minutes from Riverbanks Zoo. I can't wait to see that cute little baby!!

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    Squee!


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