Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)

This male koala was the largest of the troup of five animals in captivity in Tasmania. When I started sketching, they were all asleep. Koalas, because of their unique diet of nothing but eucalyptus leaves, spend most of their time in sluggish repose. Their food source hasn’t enough nutritional value for a full day’s activity.

.....All of a sudden, the male woke up, and liking his alert pose, I immediately started a new sketch. I was about to add his body when I noticed he wasn’t there. The keeper had brought in fresh leaves, and all the koalas had sprung to life and rushed to the feeding station. Who knew that koalas could move so fast!

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