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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1167 Comments
  • laynebot5
    laynebot5Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 7:11 am
    Sooooooo cute 🐨🐶
    • leiker1414
      leiker1414Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 2:26 pm
      Aww so cute!!!!!!!!
      • willowfalls
        willowfallsTuesday, June 30, 2020 at 1:07 pm
        Awwww, that is SO cute!
        • 12_tailed_cat
          12_tailed_catTuesday, June 30, 2020 at 4:00 am
          Cuteness overload!
          • shaniahope
            shaniahopeWednesday, June 17, 2020 at 3:24 pm
            So cute! 🐕
            • reptilerena
              reptilerenaWednesday, June 10, 2020 at 6:58 pm
              Awww thats soooooooo cute 🐨
              • lovebooks123
                lovebooks123Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 11:10 am
                That is so adorable
                • puppypalace
                  puppypalaceMonday, May 11, 2020 at 1:34 pm
                  That is SO adorable!🐨🐶
                  • meisdancer
                    meisdancerWednesday, May 6, 2020 at 11:06 am
                    I want the koala to bad I can't I'm pretty bummed!!!
                    • meisdancer
                      meisdancerWednesday, May 6, 2020 at 11:03 am
                      SQUEEEEEEE!!! #cutenessoverload that was so cute when I saw the pictures I couldn't help but squeal with delight they are my two favorite kinds of animals ON EARTH then I saw both of them together ... SQUEEE!