Why do koalas have chlamydia

Every article I find just goes on about them being decimated by the disease and that it transmits through mother's feces and snoo snoo. But what started it? Chlamydia certainly wasn't always infecting koalas, otherwise they wouldn't face extinction from it.

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  1. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    If koalas are so dumb and all they do is eat shit and laze around all day, how are they not extinct already?

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Cause they frick in the one hour when there awake think of them like less lazy pandas

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        Reproduction is the most powerful and important thing in existence, no wonder Elon is so obessed with it. Even if you're a dumb lazy week little thing, if you have sex your species will still continue in existence, the universe doesn't care at all lol.

  2. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Because humans gave it to them. Same reason Armadillos have leprosy. Same reason Bison have brucellosis. Same reason Deer have CWD. Redditards like to blame the animals, but fail to pay attention to the history behind the issue.

  3. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    sorry it was my fault

  4. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Still no explanation where chlamydia came from, I am deeply disappointed with everyone here.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Maybe it evolved in them, based on

      Because std's are tied up with just about any animal because its an easy way to propogate by using the biological imperative of something else.
      Like herpes has been an issue with humans since before we were humans as it co evolved with the great apes.
      Most humans test positive for herpes too. Just that the vast majority of us are asymptomatic carriers.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      God gifted it to them

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      See

      We don't know why they get it, they just do. Similar to how badgers carry bovine TB, it's just a disease they get. Scientists think koalas might have a virus related to HIV that causes them to be extra-susceptible to chlamydia. Just another reason to hate these moronic little feces-eating monsters.

      Nobody has pinpointed exactly which vector it came from yet, it mutates easily. There is also strong evidence that a koala retrovirus is making it worse than it’d normally be.

      At least one strain isolated from koalas has genetics that suggest that particular strain was probably already in koalas before European colonization. The others were more similar to the European cattle and sheep and one of the US cattle strains tested (not sampled in either study I’ve read, but that species of chlamydia is found in goats, pigs, and horses as well), though I haven’t seen any studies that bothered to collect samples from goats yet. Goats love hanging out in trees and will easily climb up to very top, and aren’t shy about hassling other animals. Since they’d be inclined to share the same habitat and at least one of the strains is spread by sneezing on each other, and because both goats and koalas are pretty rapey, I’m surprised more of the focus has been on sheep strains rather than goats. Maybe it’s because sheep are usually the species identified as the origin of weird wildlife epidemics.

  5. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Because std's are tied up with just about any animal because its an easy way to propogate by using the biological imperative of something else.
    Like herpes has been an issue with humans since before we were humans as it co evolved with the great apes.
    Most humans test positive for herpes too. Just that the vast majority of us are asymptomatic carriers.

  6. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    >some Aussie with chlamydia fricks a koala
    >now the entire population is in jeopardy

    Australia does it again

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      I came here to say this. truly despicable behavior.

      [...]
      It's not the same chlamydia.

      >no no see my herpes is not the same as the other herpes.
      koala paws typed this

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      >mfw you're aussie and se some sweet koala ass

  7. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    I want to see a koala so bad

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      Why? They sleep 23 hours a day and for the remaining hour they're nasty and unintelligent. And they do literally eat their own shit as a normal part of their diet.

      • 10 months ago
        Anonymous

        They're animals that evolved in the most foreign habitat I can imagine, they are unlike anything I've seen in my life and could never exist where I live.
        Seeing a koala in the wild would be amazing.
        Intelligence isn't really a factor when it comes to how fascinating a species is to me, I'm also into plants who are dumber and eat even more shit.

        • 10 months ago
          Anonymous

          >I'm also into plants who are dumber and eat even more shit
          Dunno, the handful of plant species that I know of who go out of their way to collect turds to eat all end up sounding like an elaborate scat-fetish fantasy.

      • 10 months ago
        Anonymous

        It's pretty impressive that they do all that and yet still managed to do alright as a species until whitey started logging all their habitat.

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      Possums are more fun, they sound like demons and will climb up your arm and bite you.

  8. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    We don't know why they get it, they just do. Similar to how badgers carry bovine TB, it's just a disease they get. Scientists think koalas might have a virus related to HIV that causes them to be extra-susceptible to chlamydia. Just another reason to hate these moronic little feces-eating monsters.

  9. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    it's a lie to discourage people from trying to cuddle the cute marsupial that will tear you apart at the seams

    >just tell 'em it's diseased, bro

  10. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's an ongoing epidemic, sort of like AIDS and COVID. THey're more difficult to control for animals because unlike humans, they don't really do anything about it.

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      Thank you moron, now read my question again. How did koalas get the disease in the first place? Was it humans? Has someone fed koala with shit?

      • 10 months ago
        Anonymous

        >some Aussie with chlamydia fricks a koala
        >now the entire population is in jeopardy

        Australia does it again

        It's not the same chlamydia.

      • 10 months ago
        Anonymous

        They do literally eat shit.

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          only the babies eat their mother's faeces

          unlike dogs

  11. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    We should introduce them to the Eucalyptus groves in California.

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