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Four koalas sitting on a branch in a "cuddle train"
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An Australian zoo is running a 24/7 koala livestreaming service

By
Nicola Dowse
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It’s fair to say that 2020 has not gotten off to the best of start. Across Australia (and the world) most of us are now sequestered in our homes, doing our best to prevent the further spread of Covid-19 by physically distancing.

While we can’t hit restart on the year, we can make the most of a not-so-fantastic situation by staying indoors and watching flipping adorable koalas snuggle on livestream. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary near Brisbane, Queensland, currently has 15 livestreams running, eight of which are solely focused on its resident koalas.

The koala-ity content includes livestreams of the koala forest, joey enclosure, and the koala cuddle train – so called because the branches in this enclosure are a favourite spot for the koalas to form “cuddle trains” which are literally as cute as they sound.

Koalas are famously sleepy critters (they’re asleep 18 to 20 hours a day) but if you’re lucky you might see them eating, socialising or interacting with keepers. 

There are other Australian animals you can stream too, including dingoes, skinks, bearded dragons, birds, platypodes and a perentie (the fourth largest monitor lizard in the world). 

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary’s livestreams are available all day, every day – head on over to its website or YouTube channel to watch.

Meanwhile, in Australia, the Museum of Old and New Art is livestreaming a man... and his tattooed back.

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