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Maya, the first koala born at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in nearly a decade, celebrates first birthday

You can wish Maya a happy birthday at Gumleaf Hideout in the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Austrailian Adventure during normal hours.

CLEVELAND — On Monday, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo provided an update on one of its newest furry friends. 

Maya, the first koala born at the zoo in nearly a decade, celebrated her first birthday. 

"She is becoming more independent each day, spending less time on mom’s back," Cleveland Metroparks Zoo wrote on its social media posts. "Maya is also becoming a proficient climber and may even be seen sleeping elsewhere in the perching, other than right next to mom!"

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Zoo officials say Maya is now only nursing occasionally, with 90% of her diet now consisting of eucalyptus leaves. 

You can send your happy birthday wishes to Maya at Gumleaf Hideout in the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Austrailian Adventure during normal hours. 

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