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WATCH: Cute Orphan Koala Baby Hugging His Teddy Bear

His name is 'Little Buddy'.

21/11/2017 06:45 SAST | Updated 21/11/2017 08:04 SAST

Little Buddy (or LB for short) is an orphaned koala joey from South Australia, and wow he's adorable.

According to Tourism South Australia, LB was first found "in the mouth of a very gentle (and very caring) dog".

"While he's too young to stay at Cleland Wildlife Park, he's being cared for at the home of senior guide Heather and her family. He's doing very well and gaining weight with four feeds per day. He's also extremely attached to 'Huggie' the soft toy -- who acts as his surrogate mother!" Tourism South Australia said in a Facebook post that accompanied the video.

"Like all cheeky koala babies we hear he's very playful at night, and when he's not snuggling up with Huggie, he likes chewing gum leaves and gum flowers. If all goes well, he'll return to the park when he's a little older to meet and greet its visitors," the comment continued.

LB and Huggie proved to be big hits with the followers of Tourism South Australia's Facebook page -- by Monday afternoon the post had received almost 7,000 likes.

And they've got more videos of koalas to top it all off:

Including these two munchkins:

We've all done it... After a BIG night out at the work Christmas party, Kevin and his mate here were spotted feeling a little worse for wear in Adelaide's leafy inner eastern suburb of Burnside! When @markblyth001 wandered onto his verandah, he stumbled on these two old guys re-enacting a scene from Hangover 'Part Tree', with one well and truly down for the count and the other just finding his voice... We're seeing plenty of wildlife around the city right now, with koalas, kangaroos, possums and birds all clambering out for a drink (of water!). While wild animals such as these should never be handled (call Fauna Rescue of SA if they need help), you can always get up close and personal with their cuddly cousins at @gorgewildlifepark in @visitadelaidehills! #SeeSouthAustralia 🐨🎄🍺 [📍Location: just a 2 hr flight from Sydney to #Adelaide in #SouthAustralia ]

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And this cheeky bugger:

"Back in a minute, honey... just ducking down to the shops..." With Spring roaring into life across Adelaide, so is our wildlife! There's been plenty of koala and kangaroo sightings across city suburbs recently, as @divalicious_food can attest! This guy was spotted taking a stroll along Reids Road in Highbury, not too far down the slope from our glorious @visitadelaidehills. If you drive just up the road to @gorgewildlifepark you'll find plenty more of these cuties, including a few that love a good cuddle! Home to a wide range of native and exotic animals, the park is also home kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, wombats, dingoes, Tasmanian Devils, monkeys, meerkats and more. Easily enough to keep the kids busy for the day! #SeeSouthAustralia 🐨🏃‍♀️ [📍Location: just a 2 hr flight from Sydney to #Adelaide in #SouthAustralia ]

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