Pictures: Edinburgh Zoo’s first female koala joey hugs cuddly toy during health check

Kalari clings to the cuddly toy. Pic: RZSS
Kalari clings to the cuddly toy. Pic: RZSS
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A number of unbelievably cute pictures have emerged showing Edinburgh Zoo’s first female koala hugging a cuddly toy during a recent weigh-in.

The eight-month old koala joey spends most of her time clinging to mum Alinga, so keepers gave her a soft toy to hold on to during this week’s health checks.

The zoo's first female koala joey which has been named Kalari, a name of Aboriginal origin which means daughter.

The zoo's first female koala joey which has been named Kalari, a name of Aboriginal origin which means daughter.

Named Kalari, which is inspired by the Aboriginal name meaning daughter, the baby koala is one of the UK’s only Queensland koalas and the first female to be born at the Zoo.

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As well as being members of a worldwide koala breeding programme, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland also supports conservation projects in Australia that help to rehabilitate sick and injured koalas and release them back into the wild.

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The baby koala during the weigh-in. Pic: RZSS

The baby koala during the weigh-in. Pic: RZSS

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The koala looks like it's having fun. Pic: RZSS

The koala looks like it's having fun. Pic: RZSS