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White koala born at Australian zoo

August 24, 2017

A rare white koala has been born at Australia Zoo in Queensland.

She is not albino. Keepers at the zoo say her fur is due to a recessive gene inherited from her mother Tia, who has given birth to other pale joeys – baby koalas – in the past.

In science it’s often referred to as the ‘silvering gene’ where animals are born with white or very pale fur.  Just like baby teeth, they eventually shed their baby fur and the regular adult colour comes through.

At this stage the zoo is looking for a name. So far social media has come up with suggestions including Snowflake, Pearl, Sugar, Lily, Snow White and Baringa, which means “dawn” or “light” in the aboriginal language, for a name.

Koalas have been under increasing threat across the Southern Hemisphere nation in recent decades due to bushfires, disease, dog attacks and loss of habitat.

She is one of 12 joeys born at the zoo this season.

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1

this is soooo cute !

2

Wish that there was a rainbow koala.

3

Thats sooooo cool

4

I reckon the name should be pearl

5

I want it so much

6

I LOVE KOALAS SO MUCH!!!

7

sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute.

8

Thats so cool such a rear birth defect

9

name should be snow white

10

It is so cute!

11

That is so cute I hope it has a good live! SOO CUTE!!!

12

who ever did funny it isn't funny

13

So Cuuuttee! I want IT!!!

14

you should call it Sugar! its cute and if it does turn to darker colour at least it will have some white patches

15

I think Sugar plum is cute!

16

Cute <3

17

I think the name should be crystal

18

That is soo cute

19

That is so cute

20

my friend would love to have this koala or she would love to see this koala. Her favourite animal is a koala so i think she would love this.

21

cute white koala ??

22

a name,how about lillian,andrea,amelia,evelyn

23

awwwww shes soooooo cute i want to cuddle her.X)

24

Amazing news

25

My family going to Auckland a Zoo lots of Animal

26

i think you love aimals

27

this is very amazing news