Google is such a useful tool… I’m sure you’ve searched many weird and wonderful things in your lifetime, but have you ever Googled “how to bellow like a koala”?
Didn’t think so!
Well, today we’re going to be learning how to do exactly that.
Many children can mimic the sounds of popular animals, but most of us wouldn’t know how to ‘speak’ koala. Their sounds are rather infrequent (considering they sleep for most of the day!) so it’s not very often you hear a true-to-life koala sound.
With my demonstration and tips, you will soon be able to play the wildlife dice-game in full with your kids.
With practice, you will also be able to grab the attention of those sleepy koalas and make the most of any potential photo shoots. Read on to find out how!
Koalas don’t make beautiful sounds that you want to hum along to. In fact, their call can scare people at night and evoke images of a wild supernatural-like creature outside the window.
I’ve been doing it for years. Not frightening people outside their window… but bellowing like a koala!
My first occupation out of university was a koala handler and learning to bellow just came with the job. Let’s see how it’s done.
A real koala bellow
Here’s what a real koala bellow sounds like.
How to bellow like a koala
I bellow by sucking the air in and breaking it up in my throat. It’s not like a burp at all.
Now you and your children try!
Meanwhile, take a look at a real koala and how it bellows. See if you can replicate the sound.
I hope you’re spewing bellows out at the computer and having a little giggle at the same time. Let me know how you and your children go. I hope you enjoyed how to bellow like a koala – there’s really nothing quite like it!
Wow Penny, how clever! I can’t wait to try this with my kids next time we go visiting a wildlife park. They will be so excited to be able to speak Koala. Well done to Miss Possum too. She is lucky to have such an experienced mum. Thanks for your vlog, I can’t wait to see more 🙂
Thanks Ang. Miss Possum has been doing it for a while as you know. I’m looking forward to hearing Tia and Benny have a go next time I see them!
Grace Titioka says
Yay !!! Will be sure to try this next time we’re at Wildlife Sydney – which will be soon 🙂
Congrats on your first vlog ! Hoping it’s the first of many x
I have been telling my hubby about how this is the coolest thing ever! All my years of wanting to get a koala to look at me and you do it in a few seconds!! I have a lot of practicing to do…I sound more like a drowning cat. Will be watching again with my girls when they wake up.
Great work Penny!
You are really good at bellowing and it is amazing how you caught the Koalas attention. You are right about the sound being scary, I could imagine what I would feel if I hear something like that at night. Anyway, your little girl is doing a great job imitating the sound and in time she will be as good as you. I am curious about your tips though. I think I’ll practice and see if I could do it.
Thanks Brian. I have been bellowing like a koala for over eight years so I should be good at it! It really does take a bit of practise but wait until you see the koalas turn their heads straight towards you when you get it right. It’s wonderful.
Thanks for dropping by. It’s great to see another man around the place.
Susan Stephenson says
Your enthusiasm for wildlife just shines through – I loved the vlog! Are you sure that was a Possum and not a koala??? Sure could have fooled me.
All my girls have blog nicknames now. Miss Possum, Squeak and Prr. You’re right though, perhaps it should be Miss koala. How about Miss marsupial. Tee Hee. I like that too!
Penny you’re so pretty! Sorry got distracted 😉
Nadia de Jager says
Koala calls reveal male size
Catherine Rodie Blagg says
Oh Penny I love it! I’m just sorry that I didn’t see this before the weekend – we took baby C to a Koala Park for her birthday treat. I’ll see if I can get the girls to do the bellow this afternoon 🙂
Valerie @ Glittering Muffins says
Very cool post! Thanks for linking them to “Around the World in 12 Dishes – Australia”
Your imitation is incredible. I’ve heard koalas bellow at Raymond Island (VIC). It is an incredible sound. Not what I’d expect from a koala.
Ness @ One Perfect Day says
Oh this is fabulous! My son does the funniest imitation of a Kookaburra. He is going to LOVE this. I can’t wait to share it with him tomorrow.
Janice - Learning4kids says
You are amazing Penny (and so brave doing a vlog) 🙂 They are great!! I am so intrigue with the sound of a koala now, it certainly isn’t something I expected. I can’t wait to show my girls tomorrow. Your little girl is so cute too! 🙂
Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky says
I love it! Haha 🙂 We live in a very busy koala community, they’re always hanging out in the yard. When I first moved here I thought our neighbours dog had a snoring problem LOL Now I know how to talk back to them! I’m definitely going to give it a go and try it with my kids too. Thanks for the awesome vlog!
Penny Whitehouse says
Oh what a belly laugh! Did you really think it was a the dog snoring? I haven’t heard that before (and I’ve heard a lot of stories about koala noises!)
Makayla Yang says
I like Kolas because that’s my favorite animals. you will see it at the zoo.