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The koala is native to Australia, particularly the coastal regions of eastern and southern Australia. Although the koala looks like a "Teddy Bear," and is often called a koala bear, it is not a bear. As a marsupial, the koala differs from other mammals in having a pouch on its stomach for carrying its young. The koala has large, sharp claws that are good for climbing trees. In addition, the koala's five fingers on each paw are well designed for gripping branches. Unlike humans who have a single opposable thumb, the koala's first two fingers are opposable on the front paws, and first three fingers are opposable on the hind paws. Play the following video to learn more about the koala.

 
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