he Australia Zoo has seen several joeys born this year, but one has something extra special going for it.
There's something extra special about Australia Zoo's newest baby koala.
Her fur is white! This is the zoo’s first-ever white joey, and they couldn’t be more thrilled.
And, honestly, neither could we. Look at how cute she is!
Although she's extremely pale, this koala is not actually an albino.
Instead, her rare coloring is the result of a recessive “silvering gene.” However, her unique color may not last forever.
Dr. Rosie Booth — the director of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital — says that animals with this silvering gene are sometimes “born with white or very pale fur and, just like baby teeth, they eventually shed their baby fur and the regular adult colouration comes through.”
We’ll have to see what the future has in store for this adorable joey.
Of course, this adorable pale joey needs a name.
That’s where you come in.
Australia Zoo is asking people for help with naming this extra special joey.
The zoo has reached out on Facebook and asked people for their name suggestions.
Aww, sugar is a great name!
We’re sure any koala with a name like Sugar is bound to be sweet!
'Sugar' isn't the only food-related name on peoples' minds.
This commenter insists that “Marshmallow” would be the perfect name for the pale joey.
We can definitely see the resemblance (and we wouldn’t mind seeing s’more joeys like her, either).