13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A baby coala climbing in a tree at Magnetic Island/Australia

We were at Magnetic Island/ Australia for two days and were walking in the National Park. At the end of our walk up a hill we discovered a mother and a baby koala in a tree. The mother was sleeping while the little koala was climbing up and down in the branches before finally sleeping on the mother´s belly. It was so beautiful to observe the baby koala s close while the mother was sleeping. This was the first time for me to see a baby koala with it´s mother not in a zoo, but in nature.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2014
Date Uploaded: 08.2015
Photo Location: Magnetic Island, Australia
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX220 HS
Copyright: © Christine Pierk