Indy Zoo welcomes koala duo

(Left) Thackory and Milo (Right) (Photos provided by The Indianapolis Zoo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indianapolis Zoo welcomed its two newest residents this week.

Koalas Milo and Thackory landed in Indianapolis Monday evening on a Southwest Airlines flight from Queensland. Since then, they’ve been getting acquainted with their new home.

Milo is 4 years old and is the son of Coombah — who was part of the 2008 koala exhibit at the Indianapolis Zoo — and Cooladdi. Milo means “eye” in Aboriginal. Zoo officials say he was named that because his eye was the first thing keepers saw peeking through his mom’s pouch before he fully emerged. 

Thackory is also 4 years old. Zookeepers say he loves to greet them in the morning while he waits for his breakfast. He was named Thackory, which means “heavy,” because he was the larger of the two.

Milo and Thackory will be at Indianapolis Zoo for the summer, for the Koala exhibit, which opens May 23. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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