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Meet The Quokka, The Happiest Animal In The World (PHOTOS)

Posted by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 10:44 PM
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When it comes to cute animal pictures, there's no beating this cheeky creature, who may as well have wandered straight out of a feel-good kids' movie.

Meet the Quokka, a marsupial that seems to have come straight from an animator at Disney, but is actually native to a small corner of southwestern Australia.

Unlike a frightening number of Australian animals, the Quokka poses no threat to humans, and -- as these pictures make abundantly clear -- can be quite friendly.

That friendliness may partially explain why, according to the Perth Zoo, the once-plentiful Quokka was drastically reduced in number after the dingo and foxes found their way to Australia.

The animal is currently listed as "vulnerable," according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Thanks to conservation efforts and fox control programs, their populations are recovering in some areas.

PHOTOS of the Quokka, aka "the happiest animal in the world:"

by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 10:44 PM
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annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 10:44 PM

So cute!

mommaoftwo
by Bronze Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:05 PM
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the last one makes it look like the bears in The Lorax lol

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:07 PM

I love the photo in the middle too funny

Quoting mommaoftwo:

the last one makes it look like the bears in The Lorax lol


glitterteaz
by Ruby Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:17 PM
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They look a lot like chinchillas/kangaroos. I want one!!!

krysstizzle
by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:19 PM
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Arghhh! Come on!!!

Too. Damn. Cute. I can't even stand it! Arghh!
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Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:20 PM
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ohmygoshitssocuteiwannasquishit!

Kylie819
by Bronze Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:21 PM
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I want one!!
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annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:26 PM


Quoting glitterteaz:

They look a lot like chinchillas/kangaroos. I want one!!!

They are in the same macropod family as kangaroos :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quokka

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Me too. I want the one which in the middle pic!

Quoting Kylie819:

I want one!!


annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:28 PM
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Quoting krysstizzle:

Arghhh! Come on!!!

Too. Damn. Cute. I can't even stand it! Arghh!
YEP!


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