This gentle animal poses a nasty problem for evolution! "It's a toy teddy bear come to life!" The cuddly koala bear looks like a living, breathing teddy bear to people seeing one for the first time. In fact, the teddy bear toy was originally modeled after the koala. The koala is one of many unique animals of the Australian continent. Along with the kangaroo, the koala has become a symbol of Australia. Scientists can't agree on exactly how the koala should be classified. It is not technically a bear. Zoologists refer to it as a marsupial, or an animal with a pouch.
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