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Interactions between adult male koalas and dependent joeys in a high-density population

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posted on 2024-02-06, 04:13 authored by Darcy James WatchornDarcy James Watchorn, Desley WhissonDesley Whisson
During a study of interactions among koalas, we observed interactions between adult males and dependent joeys. Most were passive in nature, suggesting that interactions with adult males are not a major threat to joey survival. However, one male–joey interaction resulted in a joey falling approximately 7 m to the ground, an incident that may have resulted in the death of the joey had we not intervened. We suggest that there is potential for infant death to occur under the generalised aggression hypothesis for koalas, although further observations are needed.

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Journal

Australian Mammalogy

Volume

46

Pagination

1-5

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

ISSN

0310-0049

eISSN

1836-7402

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Editor/Contributor(s)

Goldingay R

Issue

1

Publisher

CSIRO Publishing

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