Can you see that a koala has two thumbs on its arms? Getty Images

Can you see that a koala has two thumbs on its arms? Getty Images

A koala looks like a bear, but it is not a bear!

A mother koala keeps her baby inside a pouch after it is born.

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A pouch is a bit like a pocket in front.

A baby koala is called a joey.

Joeys drink milk inside the pouch.

When they are bigger they ride on their mother's back.

Koalas have thick fur and big noses.

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They have big claws to help them climb trees.

They have two thumbs on each front paw to help them grip the trees.

They sleep most of the day in a tree.

At night they come down to the ground and move to another tree.

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Koalas only eat leaves from some kinds of gum tree.

They hardly ever drink water.


Words

koala (say - koe-ah-luh)
A furry animal that lives in trees.
 

pouch (say - pow-ch)
Sort of a pocket on the outside of mother koala's tummy where the tiny baby is kept safe.


joey (say - joe-ee)
A baby koala
 


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