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Saving The Koalas

In Australia, scientists are worried that there soon may be no more Koalas on earth. One hundred years ago there were several million koalas. Now there are only 45,000.

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Most people call them koala bears, but a koala isn't a bear at all. Koalas are marsupials, which means when they are babies they live in a pouch on their mother's belly.

Koalas only eat leaves from the Eucalyptus tree. Experts think koalas are dying because most of those trees have been replaced by malls, houses, and office buildings.

Scientists say Australia needs a law that would protect the trees and save the koalas.

From 'In The News' with CBS News Correspondent Dan Raviv. ©1998, CBS Worldwide Inc., All Rights Reserved

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