You may not have heard of the quokka before, but chances are high that you have seen photos of these funny animals floating around the internet. They are distinctive due to their cheeky little smiles, and it’s not surprising that they are often called 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 up to ten years, and like other Macropodids, these cute animals are herbivores and primarily nocturnal. However, unlike many other wild animals, the quokka, which has a “vulnerable” conservation status, is not very afraid of humans.