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Health check for Edinburgh’s first female koala joey

Keepers at Royal Zoological Society’s Edinburgh Zoo had the enviable task of weighing an eight-month-old koala joey last week as part of a routine health check.

Little Kalari held a cuddly koala throughout the weigh-in as, like all young joeys, she spends most of her time clinging to mum Alinga, so keepers used a soft toy to give her something to hold on to.

Kalari, whose Aboriginal-inspired name means daughter, is one of the UK’s only Queensland koalas and the first female to be born at the Zoo.

As well as being members of a worldwide breeding programme, RZSS also support conservation projects in Australia that help to rehabilitate sick and injured koalas and release them back into the wild.

For more information on visiting Edinburgh Zoo go to www.edinburghzoo.org.uk

Kalari with mum Alinga – RZSS / Kirsty McFaul

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