Wake Me In 5. by Finbarr Reilly
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This image was taken at Edinburgh Zoo.
The koala is broadly similar in appearance to the wombat (its closest living relative),1 but has a thicker coat, much larger ears, and longer limbs. The koala has large, sharp claws to assist with climbing tree trunks. Weight varies from about 14 kg (31 lb) for a large southern male, to about 5 kg (11 lb) for a small northern female. The koala’s five fingers are arranged with opposable thumbs, providing better gripping ability. The first two fingers are positioned in apposition on the front paws, and the first three fingers for the hind paws.11 The koala is one of the few mammals (other than primates) that has fingerprints. Koala fingerprints are similar to human fingerprints; even with an electron microscope, it can be quite difficult to distinguish between the two.12

The teeth of the koala are adapted to their herbivorous diet, and are similar to those of other diprotodont marsupials, such as kangaroos and wombats. They have sharp incisors to clip leaves at the front of the mouth, separated from the grinding cheek teeth by a wide diastema.

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  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 5 years ago

    A smashing capture very lovely Fino
    Tina oxoxo hugs

  • Thank you so much Tina for your comment, and cheers for the fave. ;)

    – Finbarr Reilly

  • Bellavista2
    Bellavista2about 5 years ago

    Strueth Mate, a true Cobber a long way from home, taking a kip, Bonza!;=}

  • Fair dinkum mate much appreciate the fave lol. ;) Fino.

    – Finbarr Reilly

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 5 years ago

    Very cute Fino …

  • Thank you Tom. ;)

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  • joak
    joakabout 5 years ago

    whit a peach o a shot ..superb ..hes even givin his wee hee haws an airin

  • Very well spotted Joak trust ye ta notice that, lol. ;)

    – Finbarr Reilly

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTabout 5 years ago

    haha great title and fabulous shot

  • Thank you so much for your comment, and cheers for the fave. ;)

    – Finbarr Reilly

  • Paul Thompson Photography
    Paul Thompson ...about 5 years ago

    amazing shot Fino, so cute

  • Thank you paul. ;)

    – Finbarr Reilly

  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarelliabout 5 years ago

    AMAZING & LOVELY shot! What a cutie! ;-)

  • Thank you Daniela. ;)

    – Finbarr Reilly

  • Zefira
    Zefiraabout 5 years ago

    he’s a long way from home. I never knew they had fingerprints. Great shot

  • Thank you very much Zefira, me neither i always thought they had pads just like a dog until i came across that info. cheers again for stopping by. ;)

    – Finbarr Reilly

  • ninayak
    ninayakabout 5 years ago

    Wow excellent shot

  • Thank you so much Nisha and cheers for stopping by.. ;)

    – Finbarr Reilly

  • Smudger
    Smudgerabout 5 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you Steve. ;)

    – Finbarr Reilly

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