Cool Tree Trunks Help Koala Bears Beat The Heat

June 4, 2014 5:25 AM

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Koalas can often be seen lazily wrapped around a tree branch on a hot summer’s day and a new report in the journal Biology Letters revealed that this behavior helps to cool the marsupials down.

Using thermal imaging technology, study researchers observed koalas hugging tree branches and trunks on French Island, situated just east of Melbourne, Australia. While the animals can pant and lick their fur to stay cool, these methods can lead to dehydration, the study team said.

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