Not quite as cute
when you get them wet,
are they?

Wet Koala

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Wet Koala refers to a viral image of a wet koala bear photoshopped to appear angry and with its jaw wide open, revealing a set of sharp teeth. The photoshop, as well as an image macro using it, was initially circulated 2012 as people believed it was authentic, resurfacing numerous time over the next decade.


On January 30th, 2009, Flickr[1][2] user Oz_drdolittle uploaded several wildlife photographs, including two images of wet koala bears (shown below, left and right).

In July 2012, a photoshopped version of the wet koala image (above, right) began spreading on social media. Although the original post is unknown, early examples of users sharing it can be seen on Twitter[3] on July 12th and Reddit[4] on July 15th.



On July 16th, 2012, BuzzFeed[6] shared the image in a post titled "This Is What A Wet Koala Looks Like." On July 26th, the Huffington Post[5] published an article on the image going viral, explaining it to be a photoshop and providing a link to a viral Facebook post about it which is no longer available.

People continued to post the photoshopped wet koala image on social media over the course of the next nine years, many still unaware of it being a photoshop or ignoring that fact. Around 2015, an image macro featuring text reading, "Have you guys ever seen a wet koala… It is the scariest thing ever. Like ever" started spreading online (shown below).

Have you guys ever seen a wet koala? It's the scariest thing ever. Like ever imgur

On April 15th, 2015, internet personality Logan Paul tweeted[8] the photoshop using the same text, garnering over 880 likes and 290 retweets six years (shown below). On March 9th, 2016, The Sun[7] published a story explaining what "wet koala" means.

Logan Paul @LoganPaul ... Have you guys ever seen a wet koala.. It is the scariest thing ever. Like ever

The post frequently sees success on Facebook.[12][13] For example, on April 16th, 2020, Facebook[11] page Sarcastic Mama posted the image macro, garnering over 2,700 shares in a year.

Wet Sloth

On October 16th of that year, Twitter[9] user @RachelFeltman posted an image of a threatening looking wet sloth, garnering over 54,000 likes and 8,600 retweets in five months (shown below, left). On October 18th, Twitter[10] user @The_Gam1ng_Rex commented, "What would you rather deal with a wet sloth or a wet koala?" along with images of both (shown below, right).

Rachel Feltman @RachelFeltman - Oct 16, 2020 Nothing more emotionally confusing than a wet sloth THE_R3X @The_Gam1ng_R3X Replying to @RachelFeltman What would you rather deal with a wet sloth or a wet koala?

Various Examples

Koalas are the most sweetest animal in the world! Nevermind.. NO ONE EATS MY EUCALYPTUS! NO ONE! KOALA IN SNOW? ard" THATS CUTE KOALA IN WATER? KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE! LET ME SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE TERRIFYING. UCALYPTUS DESOLATION @Liam MakesStuff. KOALAS Not quite as cute when you get them wet, are they?

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I feel like most animals with thick, bushy fur look strange when wet.

They either look unbearably sad and you want to help/hug them, or they look scary and you know they'll be outside your window while you sleep.


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