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To build up strong arms and legs, joey rides along on mums back.

Koala Fact No. 25

Joey will ride on mums back for several months.

When joey first comes out of mums pouch it isn’t for long each time. Mostly joey will sit in mums lap and mum will kind of make a cradle with her body for safety. As joey gets a little stronger, he will crawl about and hold onto mums tummy while she moves to a new branch.

As joey gets even stronger and more confident, joey will get onto mums back and begin to ride around there and even climb to hold onto her head and reach up for leaves to eat.

This all helps build up strong arm and leg muscles, and teach joey balance, so joey can start to climb around the trees alone.

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