Do koalas really eat their mother's poop?
"Believe it or not, YES! At the age of around six months, koala joeys eat their mum's poo for several days. This is the stage of life just before the joey will emerge from the pouch and begin to eat eucalyptus leaves and the process is called papping. The difference between normal faeces and pap is that pap has live bacteria and is runny whereas normal poo is hard and pellet shaped.
The reason why they do this is because koala joeys are not born with the digestive enzymes to digest the toxic eucalyptus leaves. By doing this, the joey gets an introduction to enzymes/bacteria and in the coming weeks can begin to eat the leaves. Without papping the joey could not survive as an adult koala."
Are koalas friendly to humans?
"Koalas in the wild are not friendly to humans and very rarely do they come in contact with each other. If a wild koala is caught it will bite and scratch and can be rather nasty. On the other hand, koalas that have been kept in wildlife sanctuaries, like the Australian Reptile Park, become accustomed to people have an adorable nature."
Can you cuddle a koala at a zoo in Australia?
"Most wildlife organisations in Australia have enclosures where you can meet a koala but you can only hold them in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries in Queensland and South Australia."