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Your morning adorable: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, your one-stop baby koala shop

May 7, 2010 | 11:59 am

Koala baby with his mother at the Cleveland Zoo

If there's something cuter than a baby koala, we're hard pressed to think of what it might be. (OK, maybe a baby koala is tied with a giant panda cub for the Most Adorable Animal Baby award. Even so, a baby koala is a cute home run, no?)

This young fellow is a resident of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, which, if you're keeping score, is also home to a koala baby so tiny that it's still living in its mother's pouch. Last year, the zoo imported a male koala, Bulkee, from France to participate in its koala breeding program. Seems like that decision has been rewarded with baby koalas galore!

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the zoo spends approximately $90,000 each year to keep its koala population in fresh eucalyptus leaves -- 17 different varieties of the plant, which are trucked in from Florida and shipped by plane from Arizona.

See another photo of mother and baby koala after the jump!

Koala baby with his mother at the Cleveland Zoo

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Photos: Amy Sancetta / Associated Press

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