“Sexy Koala” isn’t a headline you come by very often but this koala’s pose is just exceptional!
Ross Long, a British photographer, captured this alluring pose of the koala named, Rogue during his visit to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in Queensland, Australia. The photo made quite a fuss on Instagram when the photographer posted it with a caption, “draw me like one of your French girls, Jack.” Ha! The Titanic reference truly matches Rogue’s captivating expression.
Rogue has become a viral sensation, and since then, the media has referred to Rouge as “sexy” and “seductive” with his “come hither” pose. PEOPLE magazine got hold of the Mammal Team Leader and Koala Specialist at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Sarah Eccleston, to know more about Rogue, who might just be “The World’s Sexiest Koala.” He confirmed that Rogue often has some “sultry poses. “Everyone loves Rogue; he is a gentle giant. He’s our largest male, weighing in at 9.4 kilograms [over 130 lbs.]” he added.
Rogue is 5 years old and was born and “raised” in Currumbin. Eccleston said that in the sanctuary koala breeding program, Rogue is quite the charmer. “His dad was quite a handsome guy and has obviously passed down some of his moves to his son… he might have quite a few koala ladies knocking on his door,”
Even though Rogue has a rather relaxed lifestyle, Eccleston explained that koalas are having a “tough time” in the wild. With their habitat loss, predators, vehicle strikes and illnesses. Rogue and his mates at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary do the very important job of educating people about this incredible species. In addition, the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital plays a very important role [in] caring for thousands of ill and injured wildlife.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, a non-profit organization, that relies primarily on the kind donations of visitors and the public. Head over to their website if you want to “adopt” or foster an animal or give a donation.
Fun fact: Koalas aren’t bears at all, they are marsupials!