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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1198 Comments
  • kittiesmama
    kittiesmamaThursday, January 21, 2021 at 7:27 am
    OH MY GOSH I LOVE THEM SOOO CUTE!!!!
    • destiny-2008
      destiny-2008Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 3:55 pm
      So cute
      • gold3nglare
        gold3nglareWednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:11 am
        cute, but sadly the video is gone
        • wolfieland
          wolfielandWednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:07 am
          that is so adorable! ^^
          • sheeps_4dayz
            sheeps_4dayzWednesday, December 16, 2020 at 7:42 am
            aww thats sweet
            • therealsnakes
              therealsnakesMonday, December 7, 2020 at 10:47 am
              that is cute
              • s1027213
                s1027213Friday, December 4, 2020 at 8:41 am
                SSSSOOOO CUUTE
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                  itzlunaplayzMonday, November 23, 2020 at 11:09 am
                  CUUTE
                  • waleji0920
                    waleji0920Monday, November 16, 2020 at 12:35 pm
                    I do recommend watching this video it is so adorable and sweet! ❤️ 🐨 🐕
                    • waleji0920
                      waleji0920Monday, November 16, 2020 at 12:28 pm
                      This is so very cute I love dogs 🐶 and koalas 🐨!