Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter



Koalas

Shira Yehudit Djlilmand

Koalas may look like cuddly teddy bears — and in fact their scientific name, given by Europeans, actually means “ash-gray pouched bear.” They also have lots of “bear” nicknames, such as “monkey bear,” “tree bear,” and “native bear.” But koalas actually are not related to the bear family at all, but are members of another family, the marsupials.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

There is really only one species of koala, although there are three types within that species, living in different parts of Australia and weighing between 10 to 30 pounds (5–15 kilos), depending on their type. All koalas have soft, grayish fur, but in the hot north, the Queensland koalas are smaller, with much less fur. Koalas in New South Wales, the central part of the eastern Australian coast, are what people think of as the “typical” koala, with thicker fur than their northern cousins, but not as thick as those in the south. Victoria, in Southern Australia, is much colder, and so the koalas there, which are often brown rather than gray, have much thicker, long, shaggy fur. Southern koalas can also be almost twice as big as those in the north.

 

To read the rest of this story, please buy this issue of Mishpacha or sign up for a weekly subscription.

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.
CAPTCHA
Message


MM217
 
The Fortunes of War
Rabbi Moshe Grylak We’re still feeling the fallout of the First World War
Some Lessons, But Few Portents
Yonoson Rosenblum What the midterms tell us about 2020
Vote of Confidence
Eyan Kobre Why I tuned in to the liberal radio station
5 out of 10
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin Top 5 Moments of the Kinus
Day in the Life
Rachel Bachrach Chaim White of KC Kosher Co-op
When Less is More
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman How a good edit enhances a manuscript
It’s My Job
Jacob L. Freedman “Will you force me to take meds?”
They’re Still Playing My Song?
Riki Goldstein Yitzy Bald’s Yerav Na
Yisroel Werdyger Can’t Stop Singing
Riki Goldstein Ahrele Samet’s Loi Luni
Double Chords of Hope
Riki Goldstein You never know how far your music can go
Will Dedi Have the Last Laugh?
Dovid N. Golding Dedi and Ding go way back
Battle of the Budge
Faigy Peritzman Using stubbornness to grow in ruchniyus
The Challenging Child
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Strategies for raising the difficult child
Bucking the Trend
Sara Eisemann If I skip sem, will I get a good shidduch?
The Musician: Part 1
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer "If she can't read she'll be handicapped for life!"