Edinburgh Zoo's adorable six-month-old koala joey pictured peeking out of mother's pouch

It'll be a little while longer before it's ready to leave the pouch, though.

Monday, 6th January 2020, 11:50 am
Updated Monday, 6th January 2020, 11:58 am

An adorable six-month old koala joey peeking out of its mother’s pouch has been caught on camera for the first time at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Edinburgh Zoo.

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Keepers at the wildlife conservation charity captured a glimpse of the very tiny joey who was born on 13 July to mum Alinga and dad Tanami and will take another month or two to grow big enough to move from the pouch onto Alinga’s back.

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Edinburgh Zoo's adorable six-month-old Koala joey pictured peeking out of mother's pouch

As well as being part of the international breeding programme for Queensland koalas, RZSS supports conservation projects that help koalas in the wild.

Edinburgh Zoo is home to the UK's only Queensland koalas. The joey will soon begin being carried around on Alinga’s back until it becomes independent at around 12-months old.

And another exciting milestone is on the horizon, as the joey will be weighed, sexed and named in the coming months.

Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) are native to eastern Australia and are currently classified as vulnerable by the IUCN Red List. The main threats facing koala populations are habitat loss, wildfires and climate change.