Meghan Markle and Prince Harry play with koalas on 1st day of Australia tour

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<pPrince Harry and Meghan Markle made some adorable, four-legged friends in Australia during the first day of their royal tour Down Under.

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<pThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex stopped by the Taronga Zoo on Tuesday, where they met with koalas Ruby and Wattle. Ruby and Wattle's joeys, who were born as part of the zoo's breeding program, were named Harry and Meghan as a wedding gift to them from the people of the region.

<pMeghan called the koalas "so, so, sweet."

<pThe couple were also shown wallabies and quokkas (in their enclosures), where they were spotted leaning onto the zoo's low fences to admire them and watched as they were being fed.

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<pThe couple were also introduced to Lynx, a short-legged echidna, a cute but spiky mammal from the region. Dr Phoebe Meagher, research and pathology coordinator, told Meghan and Harry that the animal is the "star" of their recent project, which helps tackle the illegal wildlife trade.

<pMeghan tentatively touched Lynx' spines after being invited to pet the echidna.

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<pHarry and Meghan, who announced they are expecting their first child this morning, received one of their first baby gifts.

<pThe couple received a stuffed kangaroo and a tiny pair of baby UGG boots from the the Governor-General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove at the Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, where they are staying for the first leg of their trip.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are welcomed by the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove at Admiralty House, Kirribilli, with Akubra hats, as they begin #RoyalVisitAustralia ???? pic.twitter.com/PwJNKWEBZ1

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 16, 2018

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<pThe duchess showed a hint of a baby bump when she stepped out for her first public event Down Under, donning a cream-colored dress by Australian designer Karen Gee as a nod to her host country.

<pMeghan is about 12 weeks pregnant with the couple's first child, and the baby is due in the spring of 2019, according to Kensington Palace.

<pOne moment from the first day of the royal trip that caught attention online was when Meghan showed that despite being royalty, now she is just like us: As she walked down the ramp out of the zoo to catch a ferry to the Sydney Opera House, the duchess slipped out of her high heels and into a pair of flat shoes.

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