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The Happiest Animal on Earth!


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

Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.