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Two Koala Joeys Have Popped Out Of Their Pouches In Time For Christmas

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23/12/2016 9:14 AM AEDT | Updated 23/12/2016 6:24 PM AEDT

Keepers at Taronga Zoo got a pleasant surprise this week when two koala joeys emerged from their mothers' pouches just in time for Christmas. The joeys -- a seven-month-old male and eight-month-old female -- are yet to be named.

"It's a bit hot inside that pouch on steamy summer days, so he's started to climb out and sit on Sydney's head or cling to her belly and back," Koala Keeper Laura Jones said of the young male in a press release.

"He's still climbing back into the pouch occasionally, but it's a tight squeeze and his arms or legs are often sticking out. By New Year's Eve I don't think he'll fit back in," she said.

The koala joeys will spend three to four more months with their mothers, Sydney and Willow, before they will be koalified to venture out on their own. You can see them down at the Koala Encounter enclosure at Taronga Zoo.

Here are some of their first baby pics!

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