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A baby koala joey is held by a handler
Photograph: Harry Vincent

A koala joey has just arrived at Taronga Zoo

The eight-month old has emerged from her mother's pouch for the very first time

Written by
Maya Skidmore

In extremely cute news for everyone, a tiny (and oh, so sweet) koala joey has just emerged from her mother’s pouch for the very first time at Sydney's Taronga Zoo. Yep. You have complete licence to freak out. 

Born at Taronga to mum Willow, this crazy cute new addition is just under eight months old, and is the first baby koala to make an appearance following Taronga’s koala breeding program. 

Following the devastating effects of the catastrophic bushfires in 2019 and 2020 on Australia’s koala population, this gorgeous female joey is a welcome sight for everyone, with her entrance into the world one that is definitely worth celebrating. And with the little one already fast progressing past her milestones (including snaffling eucalyptus leaves and riding on her mum’s back), everything seems to be properly looking up. 

Taronga Zoo is yet to give her a name, but the zoo team is calling on the public to help them out in choosing one of their Australian-inspired names, with ten lucky folks getting the chance to win a family pass to the zoo if they are successful. All you’ve got to do is head over to this link and say in 25 words or less whether you reckon our newest (and fluffiest) gal is more of a) Minty, b) Phoenix or c) Dora. It’s all up to you. 

You can meet this sweet little lady, as well as Wadu, the baby wombat on your next trip to Taronga Zoo.

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