This is the ‘World’s Happiest Animal’ (and you’ve never heard of it)

Mar 18 2019, 8:55 pm

It doesn’t take much to see why the quokka has earned its title of the World’s Happiest Animal.

Part of the kangaroo and wallaby family, and around the size of a small cat, the marsupial can only be found on Western Australia’s Rottnest Island, and a handful of smaller islands around the coast of Western Australia.

In recent years, the quokka has become somewhat of a tourist attraction for Rottnest Island, with visitors (including A-listers such as Margot Robbie, Roger Federer, Hugh Jackman, and most recently, Chris Hemsworth) flocking to try a snap a picture with the friendly, happy creature — birthing the trend of the #QuokkaSelfie.

And it’s with good reason — no matter what angle you snap the creature from, it will guarantee you with possibly the most adorable smile you’ll ever see.

Quokkas are friendly and trusting, so wait nearby and let them come to you! Don’t tempt them with food or water, and use a selfie stick to maintain a respectful distance — remember they are a wild animal and you are visiting their home.

So, what better way to celebrate World Happiness Day than with a compilation of photographs of the World’s Happiest Animal?

 

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Quokkas are native to Rottnest Island, where around 10,000 of the friendly creatures live a sheltered life free from predators or traffic (they have been almost completely wiped out on the mainland).

While the quokkas are arguably the biggest attraction of the island, it is also covered in bays, dunes, and stunning beaches where visitors and locals flock to snorkel and spend the day.

More than 700,000 visitors visit the car-free island yearly to get the chance at snapping a selfie with the World’s Happiest Animal.