Are Koalas allowed and realistically viable as pets in the EU (Ireland)?
Many reasons speak for them as good pets:
- they are cute.
- they appear to be clean
- they dont make noise
- they are also cute. Who wouldnt want to hug one everyday?
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No, koalas are not good pets.
On top of all these numerous things that make them undesirable as pets, there is also the fact that is by my understanding illegal to keep them as a pet, and Australia heavily controls their export.
The Australian Koala Foundation calls themselves "the principal non-profit, non-government organisation dedicated to the conservation and effective management of the wild koala and its habitat". They state:
No, it is not permitted anywhere in the world. It is illegal to have a Koala as a pet anywhere, even in Australia. The only people who are permitted to have a Koala in their possession besides suitably authorised zoos are, occasionally, scientists, and the people who are taking care of sick or injured Koalas or orphaned joeys. These people must have a special permit from wildlife authorities to do this work and the carers must return the animals to the wild as soon as they are well enough or, in the case of joeys, old enough, to take care of themselves. Because of Koalas’ unique physiological and dietary needs, it is a specialised job to take care of them and requires training from people who have experience in doing it. Koalas are wild animals. Don’t you think they are better off in the wild eucalyptus forests that are their natural home?