Australia: Koala-ty Time
The koala bear, despite its misleading name, is actually a marsupial, or pouched mammal. It’s only called a “bear” because of its teddy bear like appearance.
These furry little creatures require up to 20 hours of sleep a day. (Sometimes I feel like I need that much sleep, too!) It’s a common misconception that their unusual sleeping pattern is a result of getting intoxicated from the eucalyptus leaves, which are their only source of food. But really, eucalyptus leaves are low in nutritional value and high in fiber. As a result, koalas sleep to conserve energy.
My close encounter helped dispel some myths, and also shed light on just how complex the Koala is. It’s no wonder Australia’s wildlife is one of the main reasons tourists visit this country; there are some enchanting creatures here!