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The Happiest Animal on Earth!

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Meet Australia’s smiley marsupial...

Let me introduce you to the quokka, Setonix brachyurus, the happiest animal on Earth. These little marsupials look like they’ve jumped right out of a cartoon show!

There’s more behind that adorable grin and those button eyes however, so we have made a cute list of quokka facts.

The quokka doesn’t just look friendly, but it is friendly. It's desire to make friends with foxes and dingos has unfortunately contributed to the marsupial being listed on the list of threatened species as ‘vulnerable’.

The smiley creatures are on average the size of a domestic cat with grey-brown coat and a long tail. Their appearance resembles that of a small kangaroo or wallaby.

Quokkas are generally nocturnal animals that come out during the night on the search for food. Quokkas are herbivores that feed on plants, grass and leaves just like many other Australian marsupials.

The grinning critter is typically found on Rottnest Island, which is where the name originated from. Back when the Dutch arrived, Willem de Vlamingh mistook the Australian marsupial for a rat and named the island ‘Rottenest’ (rat nest), before it was known to become Rottnest Island.

These cheeky creatures are generally rather inquisitive. That is one reason that contributes to their adaptation to human presence.

As there is a $300 fine if you’re caught touching a quokka, it has sparked the famous “quokka selfie”, where people take a snapshot with smiling with the cute little critter.


Image - Jean Paul Ferrero

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