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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1128 Comments
  • dancergirl2020
    dancergirl2020Friday, January 17, 2020 at 1:04 pm
    So funny!😂
    • jdcatpower123
      jdcatpower123Friday, January 17, 2020 at 12:46 pm
      It's so cute. I just want to give it a hug all day and not let go for years!😆
      • bananaqueen
        bananaqueenThursday, January 16, 2020 at 5:27 pm
        This is SO cute! I WANNA PICK UP THE KOALA AND HUG IT!!!!!!!😍😍😍😍
        • dancer24
          dancer24Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 5:41 pm
          Sooooooooooooo cute😍😍
          • dancer24
            dancer24Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 5:38 pm
            Omg that is the cutest thing ever! I would totaly hold the koala if I could.😃 that is hilarious.😄
            • potato-cat-19
              potato-cat-19Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7:25 am
              I would probably take the koala off the dog and hold it I mean ITS ONLY ONCE IN LIFE TIME YOU GET TO HOLD A KOALA!!
              • angel2727272727
                angel2727272727Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 5:28 pm
                so cute!!!
                • zyaaaa
                  zyaaaaWednesday, January 8, 2020 at 5:59 am
                  why is the person just recording, GET THE KOALA OFF YOU DOG!!!!
                  • angel2727272727
                    angel2727272727Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 5:27 pm
                    They want to be social stars. and yeah, they should!!
                  • golden5919
                    golden5919Friday, January 3, 2020 at 6:38 pm
                    Poor guy.
                    • dancer24
                      dancer24Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 5:41 pm
                      I know right
                    • kaykay213
                      kaykay213Monday, December 30, 2019 at 2:19 pm
                      The dog in the video was like get of me I'm not your momma