An Australian Wildlife Park Welcomes Its First Baby Koala After the Devastating Bushfires

Source: Business Insider (AU) »

A joey, or baby koala, peered out of her mother’s pouch for the first time this month.

The baby, named Ash, is unaware of her significance. She’s the first baby koala to be born at the Australian Reptile Park after the bushfires devastated the country and its koala populations.

Staff at the wildlife park in New South Wales, Australia, said the baby signifies hope for a new generation of koalas

“Ash represents the start of what we’re hoping to be another successful breeding season,” zookeeper Dan Rumsey said in a statement.

The park had seven baby koalas last year, and it’s hoping to strengthen that number this year as the species faces the threat of extinction.

Ash show signs that she’s a healthy koala joey, the zoo said. Ash was born in January but was spending time in her mother’s pouch to grow and strengthen. This was the first time the zookeeper felt safe to check in on the joey, he told News.Com.Au, an Australian news site…

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