After one glance at this adorable animal, you’ll see why it’s called ‘the happiest animal on earth.’
Chances are that you’ve never heard of the name quokka before. However, you have most likely seen photos of this happy little animal somewhere on the internet. They have the sweetest little smile on their face and they just appear to radiate good energy. No wonder they’re often referred to as the happiest wild animals on the planet.
Quokkas live in Rottnest Island and Bald Island in Australia. They are rare yet popular. You don’t always see a smiling ball of fur.
These nocturnal cuties live up to 10 years. They are herbivorous and don’t run when you approach them.
Tourists enjoy taking photos with quokkas at Rottnest Island, and believe it or not, the local cuties imitate their faces.
One Australian man and his girlfriend were out for a bike ride in Rottnest, Australia, when they came across what is possibly the friendliest quokka on Earth. “As I walked back to my bike, the quokka chased after me,” he said. “I put down the GoPro and it jumped at me as if to say, ‘Come back!’”
Quokkas are marsupials indigenous to Australia with round, compact bodies that are 16-21 inches in length, covered with short, coarse brown-gray fur, and have small rounded ears and a black nose. The joey lives in its mother’s pouch for six months. Once it leaves the pouch, the joey relies on its mother for milk for two more months. In the wild, quokkas can live up to ten years.
They’ve been known to wander in backyards, and they scavenge food from trash cans, just like raccoons. They’re basically fearless.
As sweet as they look, their maternal instincts are a bit strange.
If a quokka mother is threatened by a predator she will often throw her baby on the ground to distract the predator and save her own life. Self-preservation at its finest.
One important fact to remember if you plan on taking a visit to see these cuties- don’t touch them. They might look like they are aching for a petting, but if you get caught doing so, you’re in trouble.
These creatures need to stay in the wild—something that Australian authorities take seriously. Not only is it illegal to reach out and pet these cuties, but you’ll also be slapped with a cool $300 fine for doing so.