• Ive spent a bit of time in Perth and north west Wa I didn't think there was 40k trees in the whole state I lived there for for half a year once never saw a koala there. Theres a few of them around here lack of native trees pine platations and property developers have stolen the native forests they used to live in. their fur is like wire if you pat them while they are alive.
    • Linda Joy
      And if you read the info in the link you'll see they are not cuddly little animals.
  • BY DEFINITION you can't give someone an STI "just by peeing".
    • Linda Joy
      I'm sure those who have gotten one that way will disagree. Did you read the link?
      It's "sexually transmitted infection" - not "infection by an animal that randomly pees in a tree" An STI ***by definition*** is transmitted through sex.
    • Linda Joy
      "In recent years, the koala population of Australia has been ravaged by a particularly contagious strain of Chlamydia. Professor of infectious diseases at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne David Wilson told the BBC that about half the koalas in Australia are infected. The disease is very painful for a koala, causing “blindness, infertility, and an infection known as ‘dirty tail’.” Dirty tail is actually a cutesy name for a vicious inflammation of the urinary tract that is so painful it can be fatal. Though scientists have tried to cure Chlamydia among koalas, a combination of their hyper-sensitive gut microbiome and hyper-vigilante digestive system have made the disease incurable. Many of the medicines people use for Chlamydia have been ineffective among koalas because they flush it out of their system as if it was poison from the eucalyptus they eat. Other medicines, however, have also proven more problematic for koalas as they affect their gut microbiome and make it impossible for them to digest eucalyptus. Even more unnerving, koalas can transmit Chlamydia to any humans that come into contact with their urine, and it's not unheard of that koalas will urinate directly onto people. Meaning there are about 40,000 koalas roaming the bush in Western Australia who can potentially give people an STI just by peeing."

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