Congratulations to the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, New South Wales, and to the mother, Rosie!
A ray of hope is lit in the land down under as Ash, the first koala to be born months after the devastating bushfires that gripped the continent. Up to 85% of the koala population was wiped out between November 2019 and February 2020.
Australian Reptile Park Zookeeper, Dan Rumsey told BuzzFeed News, "Ash represents the start of what we're hoping to be another successful breeding season. It was such an incredible moment when we saw Ash poke her head out of her mum's pouch for the first time!"
And while it is the first time the world (and zookeepers) have seen the baby, Ash is already 5 months old.
"Ash is estimated to be 5 months old and is right on track to be emerging from the pouch for the first time. Her mother Rosie has shown exemplary parenting skills and we know that Ash is in good paws," Rumsey added.
The park is said to reopen on June 1st and just in time for visitors to see the ray of hope themselves!