13 May '11, 6am

Stolen Koala Found in Parking Lot After Two Days (VIDEO) - Care2.com (blog) #reptile #reptilenews

Stolen Koala Found in Parking Lot After Two Days (VIDEO) - Care2.com (blog) #reptile #reptilenews

A lot of people think Koalas are cute and cuddly and you can just put them in a tree and feed them leaves from any eucalyptus tree, but that is not so. Koalas only eat the leaves from one or two of the many species of eucalypt, so they require a living area close to the appropriate food sources. Many of the wildlife parks either grow their own special trees, or go out on a weekly trip to cut down large branches of fresh leaves for the koalas. Also many colonies of koalas are infected with the terrible Chlamydia virus, which makes them incredibly sick and eventually sterile. It is a rampant disease here and one they are finding difficult to manage among wild populations. Add to that problems with predators, road kill victims and bushfires and we have a poor little creature struggling to survive healthily in the wild. I am so glad this dear little boy was surrendered back to...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/stolen-ko...

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