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.

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 1 year 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

Lass With a Camera Report

Amanda Panda 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

She looks like a Pokémon

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#5 Funny Quokka Selfie

Funny Quokka Selfie

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Melissa Nunya 1 year 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

Applelanche Report

Cody Eriksen 1 year ago

You can has it.. I gots for you.

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#7 Wanna Try?

Wanna Try?

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John L 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

Quok's up?

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#10 Cute Quokka

Cute Quokka

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Amanda Panda 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

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

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#13 Cuteness Overload

Cuteness Overload

PanPacificPerth Report

John L 1 year ago

Oh, Thank you so much!

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#14 Like Mother, Like Baby

Like Mother, Like Baby

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Cheryl Birkhimer 1 year ago

Family is everything...

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#15 Little Happy Quokka

Little Happy Quokka

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JH Robertson 1 year 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

teensy88 Report

Hans 1 year ago

The only animal that stays happy despite selfie sticks!

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#17 Wink

Wink

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Amanda Panda 1 year 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 1 year ago

Taking a hike

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#19 Those Little Paws

Those Little Paws

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John L 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

Can I get another one, pretty please! :D

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#22 Happy Chap

Happy Chap

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Wendy Yim 1 year ago

photogenic from every angle

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#23 Happy Mama

Happy Mama

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Kenneth V. Jørgensen 1 year ago

Simply adorable

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#24 Just Being Cute

Just Being Cute

Elisa Report

Sofia Bellavista 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

hey I think I found your phone (background Quokka)

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#28 Always Camera Ready

Always Camera Ready

Jack Barsby Report

Tillie Martinussen 1 year ago

Hee heeeee

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#29 Best Happiness Teacher

Best Happiness Teacher

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John L 1 year 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 1 year ago

chesseeeee

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#31 Little Cute Fighter

Little Cute Fighter

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Wendy Yim 1 year ago

pound it

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#32 Happy Quokka

Happy Quokka

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Jay Van Emmenis 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

This is tbe 10th photo today. Enough already!

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#35 Quokkas Band

Quokkas Band

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Tara Williams 1 year 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 1 year ago

Could I be any cuter?

#37 Quokkawwwww

Quokkawwwww

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Wendy Yim 1 year 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 1 year ago

hmm everything tastes better fried! : D

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#39 Excited Quokka

Excited Quokka

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JH Robertson 1 year ago

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

#40 So Pensive

So Pensive

Elisa Report

JH Robertson 1 year ago

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

#41 Gimme That

Gimme That

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#42 Those Adorable Ears

Those Adorable Ears

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Tillie Martinussen 1 year ago

Cutest !

#43 Adorable Bundle Of Joy

Adorable Bundle Of Joy

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JH Robertson 1 year ago

Aren't they cute?!

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#44 Say Cheeeeese

Say Cheeeeese

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Hamlets twin 1 year ago

ex-Bae with here new boyfriend

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#45 Wooow, What Is That?

Wooow, What Is That?

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JH Robertson 1 year ago

Do I look happy to see you?

#46 Curious Fellow

Curious Fellow

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Wendy Yim 1 year ago

is this my good side?

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#47 Chubby Quokka

Chubby Quokka

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Lauren Ashley 1 year ago

I see a baby tail hanging out of her pouch!

#48 Quokka Snacking

Quokka Snacking

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Diane Peters 1 year ago

Tourists feeding these little darlings junk food is not good.

#49 Hi There

Hi There

Jacelyn Lee Report

JH Robertson 1 year ago

Hi there smiley!

#50 Smiling Is All I Do

Smiling Is All I Do

Phoenix-91 Report

JH Robertson 1 year ago

Smiling is all I do. The way quokkas smile, that's more than enough.

#51 Begging For A Snack

Begging For A Snack

Nicole Chan Report

#52 Adorable Little One

Adorable Little One

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#53 Say Aaaaah

Say Aaaaah

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Wendy Yim 1 year ago

omg what did you give me? NOM NOM NOM

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#54 Big Smile

Big Smile

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#55 Look Dat Butt

Look Dat Butt

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JH Robertson 1 year ago

Look dat butt!

#56 Adorable Little Furry Friend

Adorable Little Furry Friend

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chachkimooch 1 year ago

I LOVE their funny feet!

#57 One Of The Sweetest Australian Animals

One Of The Sweetest Australian Animals

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#58 Wait A Sec, I Have To Pose

Wait A Sec, I Have To Pose

Shi Yuan Shao Report

#59 Smiling Cutie

Smiling Cutie

daxon Report

JH Robertson 1 year ago

Hey!!! C'mon get happy!

#60 This Little Guy

This Little Guy

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#61 Happy Little Fella

Happy Little Fella

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JH Robertson 1 year ago

I'm such a happy little fela.

#62 This Cute Quokka

This Cute Quokka

Sam West Report

JH Robertson 1 year ago

Out in nature happy quokka.

#63 Baby Quokka

Baby Quokka

Taronga Zoo Report

Wendy Yim 1 year ago

a pocket baby

#64 Definition Of Cuteness

Definition Of Cuteness

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#65 Spreading Happiness With His Cute Little Face

Spreading Happiness With His Cute Little Face

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Jason Wedgwood 1 year ago

Happiness isn't the only thing these can spread

#66 What’s Cuter Than A Quokka? Perhaps Two Quokkas!

What’s Cuter Than A Quokka? Perhaps Two Quokkas!

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#67 Messy Eater

Messy Eater

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#68 Smile

Smile

daxon Report

#69 Simply Adorable

Simply Adorable

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#70 Look Up Little Buddy

Look Up Little Buddy

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#71 Those Paws

Those Paws

daxon Report

#72 Hello Little Fellow

Hello Little Fellow

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#73 You Can't Hide This Cuteness

You Can't Hide This Cuteness

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#74 Hi There Chubby Cheeks

Hi There Chubby Cheeks

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#75 Cutie Pie

Cutie Pie

Sam West Report

#76 This Model Knows Exactly When To Turn On The Charm For The Lens

This Model Knows Exactly When To Turn On The Charm For The Lens

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#77 Wanna Boop That Snoot

Wanna Boop That Snoot

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Jason Wedgwood 1 year ago

We prefer pics only. Human locals will go postal on your ass and kick you off the island with big fines

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#78 Friendly Quokka

Friendly Quokka

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Wendy Yim 1 year ago

if I pull, what will happen?

#79 Small Quokka Enjoying A Treat

Small Quokka Enjoying A Treat

Oliver Winter Report

#80 You Came To The Right Neighbourhood

You Came To The Right Neighbourhood

Lee Johnson Report

#81 The Horizon Must Be Beautiful

The Horizon Must Be Beautiful

Hal Report

Jason Wedgwood 1 year ago

It sure is. Practically grew up on Rotto

#82 Quokka And His Lightsaber

Quokka And His Lightsaber

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Wendy Yim 1 year ago

I'm small but carry a big stick haha

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#83 Smiley

Smiley

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#84 Baby Quokka

Baby Quokka

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#85 Almost Too Cute

Almost Too Cute

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#86 Sniff Sniff

Sniff Sniff

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#87 Lovely Quokka

Lovely Quokka

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#88 Cheeky Little One

Cheeky Little One

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#89 Happy Face

Happy Face