Well here’s something that’ll make your Tuesday a whole lot cuter!
Australia Zoo has welcomed an incredibly rare white koala and, they’re needing your help with choosing a name!
The precious joey was born earlier this year in January, however is only just making its way into the world, having spent months in the safety of her mum’s pouch.
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Australia Zoo says the little joey is not albino because she doesn’t have a pale nose or eyes, however is extremely pale in colouration because of a recessive gene thought to be inherited from her mother Tia, who has had other pale coloured joeys in the past.
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Dr Rosie Booth, Director of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital said that it’s actually more unusual to see a koala with fur this light with eyes and skin remaining the usual brown black than it is to see a koala with albinism.
“In veterinary science it’s often referred to as the ‘silvering gene’ where animals are born with white or very pale fur and, just like baby teeth, they eventually shed their baby fur and the regular adult colouration comes through,” Dr Rosie said.
The adorable joey doesn’t yet have a name, with both Australia Zoo and Tourism Australia calling for help from the public.
Naming suggestions can be made on the Tourism Australia Facebook page here.
Aww! I think we’ll be making a trip to the zoo sometime in the very near future…