One of the bay koalas at Australia Zoo.
One of the bay koalas at Australia Zoo. Ben Beaden

Australia Zoo's new baby koalas have come out to say g'day

FIVE adorable little fur balls have made their first appearance at Australia Zoo.

The koala joeys have been tucked up inside their mothers' pouches for the past six months and are now ready to brave the outside world.

But there is one thing left to do.

Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin are asking the public to come up with names for the joeys and enter them at the zoo these school holidays.

With names such as Kayla, Kenny, Blinky Bill and Nutsy already being suggested, zoo keepers are asking for the most creative and original names to be put forward.

"As the joeys are still in their mothers' pouches we don't know just yet whether they are boys or girls, so entrants in the competition are encouraged to suggest a boy name and a girl name," a zoo spokeswoman said.

The joeys were born in December last year.

Starting out at just half a gram and about 2cm long, similar to the size of jelly bean, they have now grown to 1kg.

Visit Australia Zoo during the holidays and place your koala's name, as well as a gold coin donation, in the suggestion box.

All funds raised will go towards helping sick, injured and orphaned wild koalas at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.


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