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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928 Comments
  • KaleiMonday, November 11, 2019 at 1:12 pm
    That is so adorable😂
    • koalaMonday, November 11, 2019 at 7:55 am
      I absolutely love this video
      • unknownMonday, November 11, 2019 at 7:23 am
        this video was sooo cute and the koala is SOOOO cute omg #adorable
        • puppy lifeSunday, November 10, 2019 at 4:13 pm
          the dog is so scared :(
          • MidnightblueSunday, November 10, 2019 at 11:55 am
            #totally luv it! #lol
            • MidnightblueSunday, November 10, 2019 at 11:49 am
              # totally luv it!!! # lol!!
              • haylee29
                haylee29Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 9:34 am
                so cute
                • CupcakequeenSunday, November 10, 2019 at 9:23 am
                  # cute and silly mistake. 😂 wonder what dog is the thinking!?
                  • The gamerSaturday, November 9, 2019 at 7:46 pm
                    At first the dog was like what ???! Then the koala was like so scared but I think the dog was scared
                    • BreSaturday, November 9, 2019 at 6:22 pm
                      So cute 😍