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Jul 30, 2008


This year's Koal-a-thon includes sunbeam napping competition...


...AND longest eyelashes:


May the best bear win, Jane H. who took these at The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ;)

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Koala hugs! There can be nothing softer! Bleenage?

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 06:22 AM

Oh me wants one to snorgle. So soft so sweet love em love em!!

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 06:32 AM

Rule 7
Rule 7
Rule 7
(which I might add is illustrated with koalas!!!)

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 06:41 AM

Look how she hugs her baby... it's so ... so... mother-like! Awwww! I never tire of mother-baby action.

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 06:42 AM

Wow, that's just beautiful. It's so perfect it looks like a painting.

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 06:51 AM

Oh, the original Huggy Bear(s)!

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 07:05 AM

They are Hugular!

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 07:06 AM

so smooshable - the texture of the fur looks SO soft

but are you sure those aren't eyeBROWS?

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 07:07 AM

Must snorgle.
Must snorgle.
Must snorgle.


 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 07:11 AM

In the words of the late great Mitch Hedberg:

My apartment is infested with koala bears. It's the cutest infestation ever. Much better than cockroaches. I turn the lights on and the koalas scatter. I'm like, come back! I want to hold one of you, and feed you a leaf.

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 07:28 AM

I had a friend in high school whose (very cruel) older siblings told her that koalas were endangered because they had no rib cages, and tourists (not knowing this) would pick them up to hug them and squoosh them.
She was very relieved when I said, "Um, nooooo. No. Don't worry. No."

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 07:29 AM

They look like stuffed animals.. i just want to cuddle with them....

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 07:31 AM

Rule 21
Rule 7
Rule 6
Rule 2

Yeah! Koalas!

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 07:31 AM

Mama-love is a beautiful thing, and baby looks contented and so shweet!

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 07:37 AM

Koalas were my very favorite animal when I was little. Eric G gave me a koala stuffed animal when I was in 3rd grade (back when 9 year olds still played with stuffed animals) and I cherished that thing. I slept with Koali every night. Eventually his little neck got threadbare from all the hugging.

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 07:38 AM

First pic making me so seepiezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 07:45 AM

That first picture is just awe inspiring - sunbeam napping with that sweet baby! :) When my son went to Brisbane for graduate school he visited The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and got to hold one of these hugular bears! He even sent me a picture to prove it. So not fair!

puglets rule
 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 07:46 AM

!EEEEEEEEP! *THUD* Dead wit' a grin on meh face.|D

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 07:51 AM


Da baby an da mommy nap is just precious!

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 08:19 AM


 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 08:49 AM

My brother had a soft toy Koala, called Coco. It was coloured blue...something wrong there methinks.

[You don't have blue cocoa in Merrye Olde Inglande? - Ed.]

Hon Glad
 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 08:50 AM

That momma koala almost looks like she's holding a teddy bear... I have seen kids sleeping with their bears just like that. Well, except not in a tree.

Boomer's Babysitter
 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 09:10 AM

Aww, hugs! Hugs are the best, especially when from mom. :)

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 09:54 AM

Can I curl up with my mommy in the sunshine? Wish i could....

Are those eyelashes or eyebrowsies?

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 10:10 AM

Happy Birthday MEG!!!

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Lone Pine, CATifornia? My absolute favorite place on the planet!

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Whenever I see a pic of mama and baby koala I'm reminded of many years ago, when a mama and a baby koala were stolen from the SF zoo (the dude stole them to give to his girlfriend; odd way of showing your love...) and the mama's name was Pat and the baby's name was Leann--and my mom's name is Pat and I'm (obviously) Leann.
Don't worry, the koala's were taken back (by authorities) to the zoo and few days later and were just fine.
I've always wanted to pet one...

Leann Rose
 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 11:17 AM

I went to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane back in 2001 and held one, too! Their fur is really, really dense, yet still soft. The little girl I was holding got obsessed with the metal headband I was wearing and kept trying to grab it.

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 12:09 PM

The longer I look at the mom and baby pic, the better it gets. Note the curved paw hugging little baby. And mom's snorgling of little baby's back. And both mom and baby's eyes are closed (prolly blissed out). There's a lot of curvitude going on in this pic. It's all good. :)

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 12:43 PM

I need some assistance please. Where can I find the Rule of Cuteness? I need to study for the next quiz.

[Look in the right-hand margin under the Categories for "Rules of Cuteness" - Ed.]

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 12:53 PM

I keep telling you....My Fonzi wins the eyelash competition!!

I tried to get this to post his picture, but it didn't work! :(

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 01:02 PM

People, people, people! This is the one and only rule that matters.....LOVE....no matter who loves who, love is what makes the workd go round, and this just shows how beautiful love is!!

Be sure to love your pets and your humans too;)

Elisha B.
 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 01:10 PM

Oops! It is WORLD not workd. Typed too fast!

Elisha B.
 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 01:12 PM

I expected to come in here and find a bunch of Aussies screaming that koalas weren't bears. There don't seem to be any, so I will stand in. KOALAS AREN'T BEARS!

They are, however, very cute.

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 01:17 PM

We works with whut categories we gots, Shaz. ;)

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 02:14 PM

Hug, you koalas! HUG! Hooray, they are hugging!

Koalas combine all the cutest parts of tiny babies, fuzzy bear cubs, and elderly old men into one perfect cute bag.

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 02:53 PM

Thank you, Shaz, for saying that. Cause I was-a-gonna if no one else did.

Cute? Yes. Bear? No.

I've also heard koalas don't have a very strong grasp on world events for what it's worth. Not great conversationalists.

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 03:23 PM

Very cute! I've also been to the Lone Pine Sanctuary in Brisbane it is a beautiful place; but just for your info Koalas are marsupials NO BEARS!!!!

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 04:10 PM

Take me koala back, Jack...
Take me koala back...
He's the cutest thing in me
shack, Jack...
So take me koala back...

Need Koala Hug! Need Baby
Koala Hug! Now need go sleep...Meg's birthday haz
been beautiful day...Thank you, Meg, for happy animal
pics and great captions!

Totalee Puppy
 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 08:09 PM

Um, so I went to, um, the San Diego Zoo, um. And on the tour, um, I heard that, um, Koalas, like, have a 35 day pregnancy.

Dude...sign me up for that....

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 08:26 PM

Er...as opposed to the 40 week variety that we humans have....


 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 08:26 PM

@RoseLB: [zoo glasses] Opossums (the only North American marsupial) have gestation period of about 12 days, making it the shortest gestation period of any mammal. All marsupials have really short ones, but that's because the baby is born only partly developed and matures the rest of the way in the womb. [/zoo glasses]

And add my name to the "Not Bearz!" list. Also, not that soft... kinda feel like a blow-dried sheep... Red kangaroos, now, they're made of clouds. :D

But cute? YES!!! Goodness me, yes oh yes I wanna kiss the widdle baby koalanosicle!!!

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 10:23 PM

Erm... POUCH not womb. *headsmack*

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 10:23 PM

Awwww, they look so soft.

 |  Jul 30, 2008 at 10:46 PM

"We works with whut categories we gots, Shaz. ;)"

You could always put 'em in the category with the kangaroos and possums... ;)

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 03:47 AM


They aren't bears!!!

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 05:04 AM

Look at that, when did sideburns ever look that anerably cute?

Addicted to the Cute
 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 08:03 AM

They are super cute.

Too bad I also know they're super smelly.

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 09:07 AM

Thanks, Ed, for the link. I can see it now!!! I can see I'll be up all night with a pot of coffee; that's a lot to learn -- 39 rules!!

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 03:14 PM

Sam is right - they aren't bears.

They are angry, scratching, stinky marsupials that sound exactly like babies when they cry. They also feel like steel wool.

But they are adorable to look at from afar :)

 |  Jul 31, 2008 at 04:28 PM

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