Everything You Need to Know about the ‘Happiest Animal in the World’

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Labeled “the happiest animal in the world,” the quokka is known to approach tourists to Western Australia, giving rise to a deluge of #quokka and #quokkaselfie pictures on social media.

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The largest population of these friendly little creatures inhabits Rottnest Island, which is located off the coast of Western Australia near Perth.

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Smaller colonies of quokka can be found on Bald Island near Albany in Western Australia and at the nature reserve at Two Peoples Bay.

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The furry marsupial is related to some of Australia’s other native species — namely kangaroos and wallabies — but averages a slight 6.7 pounds.

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The quokka’s diet consists primarily of leaves, stems, bark and grass.

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Quokkas do not face any predators on Rottnest, so they are not afraid to approach humans.

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However, touching or feeding a quokka is illegal and can result in an A$2000 fine, so limit your interaction with a quokka to a photo.

The easiest way to reach Rottnest and visit a quokka is by ferry — transfers to the island run from Perth City (90 minutes), Fremantle (25 minutes) and Hillarys Boat Harbour in northern Perth (45 minutes).

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