Meet the Quokka, the Australian marsupial that has taken Australia and the internet by storm. The #quokkaselfie is trending, and could just about take the title as the happiest and most liked animal in the world.
This ridiculously cute and furry animal is Western Australia’s most adorable resident and for good reason…
Firstly, it poses NO threat to humans unlike other Australian wildlife. In fact, it’s so friendly that you’ll likely get a selfie out of it.
SO WHERE EXACTLY CAN YOU FIND THEM?
Rottnest island, 19km off the coast of Fremantle, Perth. Funnily enough, Rottnest was named after William de Vlamingh, who described the quokka as “a rat as big as a common cat.” Rotte nest, means rat’s nest – hence Rottnest island being home to its 8000 – 12,000 quokka’s.
Unfortunately, the Quokka’s are a threatened species to Australia, if not the world. There are huge conservation efforts and fox control programs in place to ensure they are protected and continue to remain as Australia’s happiest marsupial.
Awww, too cute.