While growing up, we all learned what koalas were. They lived in places such as Australia, and they had pouches like kangaroos! Yes, they are marsupials! Koalas usually tend to be grey and white. They have fur and like to hang around in trees. Additionally, koalas love to eat eucalyptus leaves. We all know this. However, what we did not know is that they were coming to the United States—particularly, Michigan. Indeed, the koalas are coming, and we want to make sure that you are prepared.
Keep Trees Around
A little-known fact is that koalas hug trees not because they love trees, but because doing so keeps them cool. Nobody wants koalas to die of heatstroke, so please keep trees around for the koalas to hug.
Give Them Nail Clippers
Koala nails are very similar to human nails. Therefore, they need to clip their nails. If you give them nail clippers, that will prevent them from scratching up your lawn furniture.
Talk to Them
Talking to koalas can be tough. For one, they do not speak our language. However, if they are beginning to settle in Michigan with us, we have to learn how to communicate with one another. Here are some tips on how to go about making it happen:
- Address them as “Mr.” or “Mrs.”
- Keep other animals—e.g. dogs and cats—out of sight when making initial contact with the koalas. They tend to get jealous.
- Do not scream. They have sensitive ears.
- Do not mention Australia at all. They may get homesick.
Although it may not be ideal to have all of these koalas around, it can prove to be a great opportunity for you and your family. Everybody has something to learn from the koalas. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!
The Koala Man