Following the devastating bushfires that swept through Australia in early 2020, it feels miraculous to hear about a region that escaped the brunt of the blaze.
You Yangs mountain range in Victoria, and its population of wild koalas, have remained undisturbed. As such, there's been plenty of time for a few new wild koala joeys to be born.
Tour operator Echidna Walkabout keeps a close eye on the population in the region, and reports that six joeys have been born - all of whom are around three months old, still tucked inside their mothers' pouches. There are two more on the way, too.
Keeping records since 2006, Echidna Walkabout tell us that 2020 has the best year yet for koala births. Such welcome news!