Your morning adorable: Koala joey makes its debut at Germany's Duisburg Zoo
If there's one creature, other than a giant panda, that couldn't fail to be adorable if it tried, it's surely the koala. So we couldn't help but coo audibly when we first saw this little fellow, who made his public debut at Germany's Duisburg Zoo in a weighing ceremony held Friday morning.
Despite his small stature, this little guy is actually 215 days old. Koalas are born tiny, blind and hairless and grow to resemble small versions of adult koalas only after bulking up for several months in their mother's pouch.
A koala's gestation period is just over a month, and a newborn joey looks "rather like a pink jellybean," according to the Australian Koala Foundation. This fellow weighs just over a pound.
The Duisburg Zoo is well-known for its koala breeding program as well as its dolphin exhibit.
See more koala-joey photos after the jump!
-- Lindsay Barnett
First and second photos: Roland Weihrauch. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency
Third, fourth, fifth and sixth photos: Wolfgang Rattay. Credit: Associated Press