Often referred to as ‘Koala Bears’, these furry creatures have very little in common with actual bears. As a matter of fact, they are more related to marsupials than bears, yet you have to agree they do kind of look like miniaturized bears from afar. Also, the average lifespan of a koala is between 12 and 14 years in the wild, but they’ve been known to live up to 20 years in captivity. In this respect, they live more than kangaroos but less than most species of bears.
If you think this is interesting, check out a few more fascinating facts about koalas, facts most people probably don’t know about this unique and majestic animal. So sit back and relax as we embark on a journey to find out as much as we can about koalas and what these furry creatures are all about.
9They have two opposable thumbs
Interestingly enough, koalas, humans, and apes, are the only creatures with opposable thumbs. This being said, koalas don’t have opposable thumbs in the true sense of the world, more like opposable digits. As such, they have five digits in their claws, just like human beings. As you may have already guessed, they use these opposable thumbs for climbing, because their hand-like paws give them great grip when holding onto branches.