Q is for Quokka: The Happiest Critter

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I was struggling so hard with finding a Q to use for my strange thing of the day for April.  But a friend of mine told me to google quokka.  And this thing is both strange and adorable!  Check out this YouTube video to see just how cute they are.

They’re also from Australia, so I have a suspicion they might be deadly no matter how cute or happy they may look (they do have wicked claws for a herbivore).  They are the only member of their genus, Setonix, which makes then strange and rare in that sense of the word.

They are a small macropod about the size of a domestic cat.  They are nocturnal and exist in about three places (two islands and one mainland preserve) in Australia.  They look a bit like a kangaroo but they can climb trees and shrubs if they want to.

This was also one of the very first Australian mammals seen by Europeans when they arrived on the continent.  That’s pretty cool.

If you want to learn more about the cute and happy quokka, you can start with Wikipedia and this article about six things you should know about the critters.

And now enjoy this slide show of adorable quokka.

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Images in this post curtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Images one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven.

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8 thoughts on “Q is for Quokka: The Happiest Critter

  1. I wrote about the Quokka too! They are adorable animals but they’re not deadly, in fact they’re one of the friendliest animals in the world, and that’s why they’re endangered.

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