You might not have heard of the quokka before, but there's a good chance you've seen pictures of them floating around the internet. They're distinctive because of their cheeky little grins, and it's no surprise that they're often referred to as the happiest animals in the world.


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Quokkas come from the same family as the kangaroo (called Macropodidae) and they live on a handful of small Australian islands such as Rottnest Island and Bald Island. They can live for up to ten years, and just like other Macropods, the quokka is herbivorous and mainly nocturnal. Unlike many other animals however, the quokka, which has a "vulnerable" conservation status, isn't very scared of humans.

They don't seem to be scared of selfies either, and there was even a craze a few years ago that saw people taking pictures with the smiling little animals. It might seem like a fun thing to do, but remember that anybody caught handling or feeding them can be issued with a fine of up to A$300. It's probably best to just leave them alone and enjoy this list compiled by Bored Panda instead. And no, before you ask, you cannot keep quokkas as pets!

#1 Gimme A Hug

Gimme A Hug

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Amanda Panda 4 months ago

When you come home from running an errand, and your pet acts like you've been gone for years!

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#2 Smiling Even When Asleep

Smiling Even When Asleep

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Amanda Panda 4 months ago

This is how i sleep, knowing that I'm single and there ain't no one out there cheating on me.

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#3 Smiling To The Camera

Smiling To The Camera

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Amanda Panda 4 months ago

When other women peek at you through the crack in the stall door

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#4 Hello World

Hello World

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Bekki Sala 4 months ago

She looks like a Pokémon

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#7 Wanna Try?

Wanna Try?

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John L 4 months ago

Hey, I'll share with you...............

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#8 Quokkas - Melting Hearts Since Forever

Quokkas - Melting Hearts Since Forever

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Hans 4 months ago

Well, let's agree on "since evolution decided to bring forward another cute marsupial.

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#10 Cute Quokka

Cute Quokka

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Amanda Panda 4 months ago

When you have been hard core dieting for 6 days ... and its your cheat day!

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