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The Latest: Pence meets Australia's cuddly creatures

  • U.S. Vice President Mike Pence makes remarks after attending a business listening session with Australian and U.S. companies in Sydney, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Pence and Australia's prime minister swept aside any lingering tensions Saturday over an Obama era agreement on the resettlement of refugees, joining forces to urge China to take a greater role in pressuring North Korea to scuttle its nuclear weapons and missile program. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence makes remarks after attending a business listening session with Australian and U.S. companies in Sydney, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Pence and Australia's prime minister swept aside any lingering tensions Saturday over an Obama era agreement on the resettlement of refugees, joining forces to urge China to take a greater role in pressuring North Korea to scuttle its nuclear weapons and missile program. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Vice President Mike Pence makes remarks after attending a business listening session with Australian and U.S. companies in Sydney, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Pence and Australia's prime minister swept aside any lingering tensions Saturday over an Obama era agreement on the resettlement of refugees, joining forces to urge China to take a greater role in pressuring North Korea to scuttle its nuclear weapons and missile program. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence makes remarks after attending a business listening session with Australian and U.S. companies in Sydney, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Pence and Australia's prime minister swept aside any lingering tensions Saturday over an Obama era agreement on the resettlement of refugees, joining forces to urge China to take a greater role in pressuring North Korea to scuttle its nuclear weapons and missile program. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, second left, meets Australian Minister for Industry, Arthur Sinodinos Australian Minister for Industry as Steven Ciobo, right, Australian Minister for Trade and Joe Hockey, Australian Ambassador to the U.S. look on while attending a business listening session with Australian and U.S. companies in Sydney, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Pence is on the last leg of his 10-day visit to Australia and Asia. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, Pool)

    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, second left, meets Australian Minister for Industry, Arthur Sinodinos Australian Minister for Industry as Steven Ciobo, right, Australian Minister for Trade and Joe Hockey, Australian Ambassador to the U.S. look on while attending a business listening session with Australian and U.S. companies in Sydney, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Pence is on the last leg of his 10-day visit to Australia and Asia. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Asia and Australia (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

Mike Pence, meet Bai'yali the koala.

The U.S. Vice President and his family toured Sydney's Taronga Zoo on Sunday, taking a break from a 10-day tour of Asia to pet kangaroos, an emu and the koala, the cuddly creature native to Australia.

Pence and his wife, Karen, and daughters Charlotte and Audrey fed the emu and kangaroos bunches of leaves and branches. They later stood near a sweeping vista of Sydney Harbour while zookeepers showed them a possum, an echidna, an owl and the koala.

Pence and his family will take a boat cruise in Sydney Harbour and tour the Sydney Opera House later in the day.