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One theory claimed that lethargic koalas were hooked on a sedative drug found in eucalyptus oils. Scientists saved the koala's reputation by proving the leaves are drug free.  
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The mountain goat's short legs and flexible hooves provide great stability on narrow, uneven ledges. They can master an ascent in 20 minutes that takes an experienced human climber an hour and a half.  
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Prairie dogs spend much of their time visiting each others' burrows or hanging out on their 'doorsteps.' Their colonies, called towns, may extend for thousands of miles.  
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We call it a panda bear, but the creature was actually thought to be a relative of the raccoon family. Pandas share many characteristics with raccoons, but DNA testing proved that giant pandas are part of the bear family, Ursidae.  
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Confined to the rainforests of southwestern Madagascar, the ring-tailed lemur is a prosimian. Most primates rely on vision and hearing, but the lemur relies on smell (which accounts for its dog-like nose).  
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He's not just a cartoon character that spins around like a tornado. The Tasmanian devil is rampant throughout Tasmania. The largest living marsupial carnivore, the devil's scientific name, sarcophilus, means 'flesh lover.'  
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The Monkees may have fallen off the rock record charts in the 1970s, but Amazonian squirrel monkeys are still making music. This vocal primate has 26 distinct calls.  
 
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