Squee sunday: Koalas Posted By sheila on July 7, 2017 SAN DIEGO, CA – JANUARY 22: The Koala Waminda snuggles up to her mother Gidgee on exhibit at the San Diego Zoo January 22, 2003 in San Diego, California . Waminda was about the size of a peanut when she was born last spring and remained well hidden in Gidgee’s pouch. After many months of developing, Waminda finally emerged to Zoo visitors’ delight. Waminda is an aboriginal word and means “friend.” (Photo by Zoological Society of San Diego/Getty Images) Posted by sheila Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.