What do Koala Bears Eat and What does their Name Mean in Aboriginal Language?

Koalas eat Eucalyptus leaves and shoots, and Koalas are herbivorous marsupials, even though they look like bears.

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But they’re fussy, eating only a few of the 500 species of eucalyptus in Australia.

They obtain liquid from eucalyptus leaves and rarely drink water.

It’s not true that the word koala comes from an Australian Aborigine word meaning “doesn’t drink.”

The word koala comes from the Dharuk word, gula. Dharuk is extinct Australian Aboriginal language of the Yuin-Kuric group.

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