This adorably fluffy creature is the Quokka (Setonix brachyurus), a small, cat-sized marsupial from the macropod family.
Quokkas are herbivorous and nocturnal, and are closely related to kangaroos and wallabies. They are surprisingly agile, and can climb trees. Described as resembling “a small, dumpy kangaroo”, the quokka’s primary claim to fame is its popular reputation as the world’s happiest animal – largely because of its friendly nature and pleasant, cheerful facial expression. They also possess the unusual ability to survive in environments almost devoid of freshwater.
Quokkas were once plentiful on the Australian mainland , but populations. dwindled after the introduction of foxes and dingoes in the late 1800s. The species is currently still listed as ‘vulnerable’, but numbers are recovering thanks to conservation and feral-proofing efforts.
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