Koalas hug trees to keep cool

Jun 04, 2014, 3:05 PM EDT
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, smells a Koala as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge looks on at Taronga Zoo on April 20, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.
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Researchers who studied koalas in Australia tracked their patterns of tree hugging during warm months. They discovered that koalas hug trees to keep cool during hot weather, and that some sections of tree trunks can be up to 5 degrees Celsius cooler than the surrounding air.

Background:

Why Koalas Hug Trees [Live Science]

Koalas Hug Trees to Keep Cool (and Look Cute) [TIME]

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