Koala Mating Call

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Scientists have discovered a unique organ that allows koala bear males to create their low-pitched mating call.

    Koalas might look cute and cuddly but they mean business when it comes to finding a koala woman.  Researchers in the UK are studying the mating sounds of male koala bears that defy their size and cuteness.  It’s a low pitch bellow of sorts.  It’s thanks to a newly discovered organ that looks and acts like another set of vocal chords outside of the larynx. The male koala exhales with gusto making a sound that resembles belching.  But men you couldn’t make that sound if you tried… This organ has never before been seen in land-dwelling animals, and allows the koala to produce a pitch 20 times lower than expected for their size so they can impress the ladies.