Koalas may be the pinnacle of evolution on this planet. Biologists may disagree but consider the compelling evidence we have gathered below.
Humans obviously can spot koalas but no human should hurt something so darn cute. If you get close enough to touch one, then you will immediately fall in love because their soft, curly fur feels like it was made for a teddy bear. I give you Exhibit A - Patrick enamored by a koala:
They know what they like to eat, too; they prefer several types of eucalyptus tree to the many hundreds of species found in Australia. (Do you see the very cute baby clinging to its mother's back in the pictures below? We were in raptures.)
[I am going to ignore for the moment that the koalas mimic a dysfunctional reality TV show because the males rape the female koalas, come back 30 days later to ensure that they will impregnate the female and rape the females again, and then abandon the females. In turn, once the baby koala is old enough to start wandering on his own, his mother leaves him to fend for himself. I am also going pretend that baby koalas don't eat their mothers diarrhea for several days after leaving the womb because I can't see how that would be an evolutionary advantage. Let’s just focus on how cute they are, shall we?]
We have spent the last few weeks trying to turn ourselves into koalas by strategically sleeping a lot. No success so far.
The Village is attached to a koala reserve, where Patrick and I had the opportunity to hold a koala, cockatoos, and a python. In the afternoon, lorikeets landed on our heads and possums and wallabies jumped out of the bushes at night as we walked through the hostel.