It’s a girl: Baby koala thriving at Edinburgh Zoo

Joey undergoes first health check as she begins to venture outside.

The UK’s only koala joey has had her first health check at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) Edinburgh Zoo. RZSS
The UK’s only koala joey has had her first health check at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) Edinburgh Zoo.

The UK’s only baby koala is a girl, Edinburgh Zoo has revealed.

She was born last July but has only just undergone her first health check.

Keepers will now choose an Aboriginal-inspired name for the young joey, as they did with her sister who was born in 2018 and named Kalari, meaning ‘daughter’.

Lorna Hughes, team leader for koalas at Edinburgh Zoo, said: “We are thrilled our youngster is doing well after her first health check. 

“Like all young koala joeys, she spends most of her time clinging to her mum, so we gave her a soft toy to hold on to while she was being weighed.

“At nearly eight months old, she’s now almost too big to fit inside mum Alinga’s pouch and has started to venture outside and onto Alinga’s back more regularly.”

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