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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1203 Comments
  • mh249006
    mh249006Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 8:42 am
    Cuteness overload!!!!!!!! ❤️ 🐨 🐶
    • bobabunny
      bobabunnySunday, April 4, 2021 at 5:45 pm
      Imagine if a koala did that to a actual human.
      • kiyotakakinnie
        kiyotakakinnieTuesday, March 16, 2021 at 12:52 pm
        Aw koalas are one of my favorite animals. I have a plush of one in my bedroom.
        • kittylover111
          kittylover111Monday, March 8, 2021 at 8:55 am
          OMG SUPER CUTE!! Dog must be like "What the heck is on my back??!!" And baby koala must be like "Mommy! Mommy!"
          • unipug2
            unipug2Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 3:50 pm
            Awww.!!!!! Koalas are my favorite marsupial! Does anyone know what a monotreme is? It is a mammal that lays eggs.
            • happy0564
              happy0564Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 6:28 am
              It’s adorable 🥰
              • peachy_girl
                peachy_girlWednesday, January 27, 2021 at 11:45 am
                SO ADORABLE!!!! 🥰🥰🥰🥰
                • kittiesmama
                  kittiesmamaThursday, January 21, 2021 at 7:27 am
                  OH MY GOSH I LOVE THEM SOOO CUTE!!!!
                  • destiny-2008
                    destiny-2008Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 3:55 pm
                    So cute
                    • gold3nglare
                      gold3nglareWednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:11 am
                      cute, but sadly the video is gone