A koala is actually an animal known as a marsupial, which refers to mammals like kangaroos (and koalas!) who carry their babies in a pouch. The koala’s baby is known as a joey, and it spends several months in its mother’s pouch and then clings to her back until it’s about a year old.
In addition to their cute looks and their marsupial pouches, koalas are also famously known for eating eucalyptus leaves. Because these don’t give them a lot of energy, koalas spend a lot of time sitting fairly still or sleeping.
Koalas also mostly live in eucalyptus trees, so they have claws that are strong and good at grasping. This helps it get around in the branches!
Sources & links
"Koala." Britannica Junior Encyclopedia. Britannica Online for Kids. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2011. Web. 31 May 2011. "koala." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2011. Web. 31 May. 2011.