Move over, wombats — there is a new Aussie animal that is taking over the social media feeds of everyone with a pulse.
The quokka (pronounced kwoka) tasted fame in 2013, when it was dubbed the “happiest animal in the world” by the Huffington Post before being smacked in the head by a baby goat and falling back into obscurity.
On Rottnest Island in Western Australia, though, the quokka did not give up the fight. The furry marsupial, once described as “a kind of rat as big as a common cat,” has been pottering away, getting in as many selfies as animaly possible.
Under the hashtag #quokkaselfie, the mini wallaby has become a thing. With its cartoon-like face and friendly demeanor, tourists have fallen in love with the Aussie legend.
When you are choosing between a wombat that can destroy you by sitting on you, a kangaroo that can box your lights out or a crocodile that will death roll you and then eat you, the quokka is a pretty good choice to get up close and personal with. So far there have been no reported quokka deaths.
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