David Shepherd


david shepherd Koala

Signed Limited Edition of 975
Image Size:- 16" x 19"
Published:- 1997

The koala is an iconic Australian animal.
Often called the koala "bear," this tree-climbing animal is a marsupial-a mammal with a pouch for the development of offspring.
Though koalas look fuzzy, their hair is more like the coarse wool of a sheep.
They have two opposing thumbs on their hands, and both their feet and hands have rough pads and claws to grab onto branches.
They have two toes, fused together, on their feet, which they use to comb their fur.
Koalas live in the eucalyptus forests of southeastern and eastern Australia.
When not sleeping, they're usually eating. They rely on the eucalyptus tree for both habitat and food. Koalas can eat more than a pound of eucalyptus leaves a day.
Eucalyptus is toxic, so the koala's digestive system has to work hard to digest it, breaking down the toxins and extracting limited nutrients.
That's why koalas sleep so much, they get very little energy from their diet.
Tucked into forks or nooks in the trees, koalas may sleep for 18 to 22 hours.
Koalas usually don't drink much water as they get most of their moisture from these leaves.
Koalas can even store leaves in their cheek pouches for later. They eat so much eucalyptus that they often take on its smell.


Sir William Russell Flint.
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