Adorable Baby Koala Mistakes Pet Dog For Its Mother

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A baby koala clung onto Tony, mistaking the pet dog for its mother (Credit: Henry/YouTube screen capture)

An Australian dog is still recovering from a hilarious case of mistaken identity. On October 6, 2019, Tony was out in his yard in Adelaide, South Australia, with his owner Henry when a baby koala leaped onto his back. The bewildered pooch squirmed around to nudge the adorable joey, which was clinging to its fur, off his body. Every time he thought he had succeeded, the smart koala found a way to clamber back on.

The gentle pooch eventually managed to get rid of the koala by rolling on his back, at which point the marsupial scurried back into the trees in search of its real mom. Henry, who caught the entire scene on camera, says the koala, who lives in his backyard, is newly independent of its mother. He speculates it may have mistaken his friendly and tolerant dog for its parent.

Koala bears spend the first year with their lives with their mothers (Credit: Benjamint444 /CC BY-SA 3.0 /Creativecommons.org)

Though often referred to as "bears," koalas are not a member of the Ursidae family of mammals to which conventional bears belong. Instead, the animals, which are endemic to Australia, are herbivorous marsupials similar to kangaroos and wombats. Koala babies, which are the size of a bee and blind when born, spend the first six months of their lives nestled inside their mother's protective pouches and the next six clinging onto their backs or bellies. The nocturnal animals depend solely on eucalyptus leaves for their survival, consuming as much as 2.5 pounds a day, even storing some in the pouches of their cheeks as snacks for later. In addition to providing them with nutrition, the distinct smell of eucalyptus oil the animals emit also helps keep predators at bay.

Resources: YouTube.com, adelaidenow.com.au

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1152 Comments
  • paris_lover15
    paris_lover15Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 12:53 pm
    so cute
    • ghandi_saidthat
      ghandi_saidthatTuesday, March 24, 2020 at 6:02 am
      haha. funny, (do feel bad for fluffy doggo)
      • ghandi_saidthat
        ghandi_saidthatTuesday, March 24, 2020 at 5:58 am
        HaHa funny. do feel bad for doge tho
        • bsc
          bscSaturday, March 21, 2020 at 9:46 am
          So cute! I feel bad for the dog, though.
          • 4usa
            4usaSaturday, March 21, 2020 at 7:45 am
            That is so adorable🐨😘
            • cookiesarerocks
              cookiesarerocksThursday, March 19, 2020 at 10:28 am
              so adorable
              • traeheart77
                traeheart77Friday, March 13, 2020 at 5:53 am
                I LOVE IT
                • harwehun000
                  harwehun000Monday, March 9, 2020 at 9:39 am
                  so cute \
                  • super_pup
                    super_pupFriday, February 28, 2020 at 7:33 am
                    # so cute
                    • kwahl41508
                      kwahl41508Friday, February 21, 2020 at 7:45 am
                      Adorable!!!