Video Of Wild Koala Swimming Across River Is Startling The Internet

A vacationing pair has captured the aww-inducing spate of a koala nonchalantly swimming across a creek in Kangaroo Island, South Australia.

The video, filmed by Joe Wade and Jasmyn Geerssen during a 2016 kayaking excursion but uploaded to Facebook yesterday, has derived excited commentaries from witness worldwide who, like the pair, had never evidenced a dog-paddling koala before.

“Have you ever seen a Koala swimming ?! ” said the pole on the couple’s trip blog sheet. “We hadn’t until we bumped into this little cutie having a cool off.”

One reason for the clip’s originality? Koalas sleep for 18 hours per day( in trees) and invest most of the rest of their era munching on eucalyptus, mistletoe, and container needles( clearly also in trees ). This leaves little time to explore the waterways.

Yet when they need to travel, koalas are generally adept swimmers. At the end of the video, this specific koala can be emerging onto the opposite river bank and clambering back into its preferred arboreal environment.

Reports of submerge koalas surface regularly , notes the website, hitherto these events pass mainly in backyard ponds , not natural rivers and lagoons. It seems that the 14 -kilogram( 30 -pound) marsupials don’t know how to go out once they’ve gotten in.( In speciman you’re pondering this, yes, koalas are quite stupid .)

Another reason why even Australians like Wade and Geerssen are so enamored with the native mortals is because of their increasing rarity. Formerly abundant in forests along the entire west coast of the continent, koalas are now rolled as a threatened species. First diminished in digit due to fur hunters in the 1920 s, koalas are currently in peril due to habitat loss and fragmentation from logging and urban sprawl.

Because koalas merely eat low-calorie leaves from a handful of tree species( actively rejecting higher energy sources of nutrition such as fruit ), they must forage in large-scale forest areas to find sufficient amounts of nutrient. Previously, suitable groves plowed the entire western coast of the continent, and the swine had little difficulty setting new territories. Currently, nonetheless, pathways between the remaining intact forests are full of hazards including busy streets, aggressive pups, and yes, the occasional inviting-yet-deadly suburban pool.

Sadly, the beasts are also duelling a wide-scale chlamydia outbreak that wiped out a third of the population during the past 20 years and currently alters between 50 and 100 percent of wild koalas. But, in uplifting word, scientists have developed a inoculation that testifies hope for slow-going the pathogen’s spread to future generations.

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