You might not have heard of the quokka before, but there's a good chance you've seen pictures of these funny animals 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 wild animals in the world.

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, these cute animals are herbivorous and mainly nocturnal. Unlike much other wildlife, however, the quokka, which has a "vulnerable" conservation status, isn't very scared of humans.

They don't seem to be scared of pictures either, and there was even a craze a few years ago that saw people taking selfies with Quokkas. 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 on their quokka island 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
Community Member
4 years 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
Community Member
4 years 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
Community Member
4 years 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
Community Member
4 years ago

She looks like a Pokémon

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#5

Funny Quokka Selfie

Funny Quokka Selfie

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Melissa Nunya
Community Member
4 years ago

Wazzzzup!

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#6

Thank You For My Leaf Human. You May Kiss My Snoot

Thank You For My Leaf Human. You May Kiss My Snoot

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Cody Eriksen
Community Member
4 years ago

You can has it.. I gots for you.

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#7

Wanna Try?

Wanna Try?

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John L
Community Member
4 years 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
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#9

Hey, What's Uuuup

Hey, What's Uuuup

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Anh-Thu LeTran
Community Member
4 years ago

Quok's up?

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#10

Cute Quokka

Cute Quokka

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Amanda Panda
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#11

Happy Together

Happy Together

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Amy Carter
Community Member
4 years ago

Awww a baby, just when I thought they couldn't get any cuter!!

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#12

Nom Nom Nom

Nom Nom Nom

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Amanda Panda
Community Member
4 years ago

When you ordered the salad, and bae shares their fries with you

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#13

Cuteness Overload

Cuteness Overload

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John L
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh, Thank you so much!1

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#14

Like Mother, Like Baby

Like Mother, Like Baby

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Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
4 years ago

Family is everything...

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#15

Little Happy Quokka

Little Happy Quokka

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JH Robertson
Community Member
4 years ago

We kind of look like happy rabbits, except rabbits are cavys and we're marsupials.

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#16

Happiest Quokka Selfie

Happiest Quokka Selfie

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Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

The only animal that stays happy despite selfie sticks!

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#17

Wink

Wink

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Amanda Panda
Community Member
4 years ago

"Sup girl ... know what this luscious coat is made out of? Boyfriend material...swipe right"

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#18

Quokka The Wizard

Quokka The Wizard

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AWESOMEPAWESOME
Community Member
4 years ago

Taking a hike

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#19

Those Little Paws

Those Little Paws

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John L
Community Member
4 years ago

Is that a middle finger you are showing us?

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#20

This Happy Quokka

This Happy Quokka

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JH Robertson
Community Member
4 years ago

Another happy quokka for U. <3

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#21

An Apple A Day

An Apple A Day

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John L
Community Member
4 years ago

Can I get another one, pretty please! :D

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#22

Happy Chap

Happy Chap

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Wendy Yim
Community Member
4 years ago

photogenic from every angle

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#23

Happy Mama

Happy Mama

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Kenneth V. Jørgensen
Community Member
4 years ago

Simply adorable

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#24

Just Being Cute

Just Being Cute

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Sofia Bellavista
Community Member
4 years ago

The ears and the cheeks are the same shape, just different size! Ultra cute symmetry!

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#25

I Am Cute And I Know It

I Am Cute And I Know It

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Tillie Martinussen
Community Member
4 years ago

That face!

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#26

The Cutest Fighter In The World

The Cutest Fighter In The World

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JH Robertson
Community Member
4 years ago

Dukes up! This is a cuteness fight...I win!!!

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#27

That Smile Could Melt Any Heart

That Smile Could Melt Any Heart

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Wendy Yim
Community Member
4 years ago

hey I think I found your phone (background Quokka)

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#28

Always Camera Ready

Always Camera Ready

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Tillie Martinussen
Community Member
4 years ago

Hee heeeee1

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#29

Best Happiness Teacher

Best Happiness Teacher

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John L
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm so happy, I could hop up and down.

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#30

The Happiest Little Quokka

The Happiest Little Quokka

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Wendy Yim
Community Member
4 years ago

chesseeeee

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#31

Little Cute Fighter

Little Cute Fighter

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Wendy Yim
Community Member
4 years ago

pound it

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#32

Happy Quokka

Happy Quokka

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Jay Van Emmenis
Community Member
4 years ago

Omg, they're so cute it's not true, they look so cuddly, I would love to meet a troupe in its own habitat. Just awesome.

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#33

Little Tongue Out

Little Tongue Out

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Wendy Yim
Community Member
4 years ago

no selfie with you

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#34

Smile For The Camera Quokka

Smile For The Camera Quokka

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Liz Hood
Community Member
4 years ago

This is tbe 10th photo today. Enough already!

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#35

Quokkas Band

Quokkas Band

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Tara Williams
Community Member
4 years ago

"yes human, arent we adorable? thats right, keep looking at us.... no one is sneaking behind you to steal your snacks...."

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#36

Can't Get Any Cuter

Can't Get Any Cuter

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JH Robertson
Community Member
4 years ago

Could I be any cuter?

#37

Quokkawwwww

Quokkawwwww

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Wendy Yim
Community Member
4 years ago

i came all the way out here for you

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#38

Mmmm, So Delicious

Mmmm, So Delicious

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Wendy Yim
Community Member
4 years ago

hmm everything tastes better fried! : D

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#39

Excited Quokka

Excited Quokka

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JH Robertson
Community Member
4 years ago

If you're happy and you know it smile and get excited like a quokka!!!

#40

So Pensive

So Pensive

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JH Robertson
Community Member
4 years ago

Ah! Let's sit and just think happy thoughts like only quokkas can do.

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