Koalas bears are marsupials that can sometimes sleep up to 18 hours a day while tucked into nooks or forks in trees. They live in eastern Australia and only eat eucalyptus leaves. Koalas do not need to drink water because the eucalyptus leaves provide all the moisture they need.
It is very rare to see a koala bear leave the comfort of their trees. When they are on the ground, they are more vulnerable to a predator. They usually only travel on the ground to move from one tree to another or when moving to a new area.
During one scorching summer season, one Koala left his tree to get help. When a summer heat wave hit South Australia, the people and animals were both in a dangerous situation.
The heat was an incredible 49 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit)! Many koalas left their homes in the eucalyptus trees to seek out shelter elsewhere.
This little koala wandered into the home of a found a friendly family willing to offer him refuge from the heat.
He was dehydrated and when he approached their home, they offered a tub of water, to not only drink but take a dip in it too!
This is unusual koala behavior! But because the animal was in such distress, he did what he had to do!
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