I found an interesting post from one of my friend about smiling quokkas and decided to find out about them.
The quokka is a marsupial from the macropod family. Just like the kangaroo, quokkas also have a pouch for their babies in their abdomen. They are the size of a domestic cat and are mainly found in Rottnest Island, off the coast of Western Australia.
Due to their permanent cheeky smile, they have been called “the world’s most cheerful animal”. It can either have a tiny smile or a toothy grin. However, there’s a reason for that. Due to living on an island that’s hot the whole year, it enables them to pant and cool off. This is an evolutionary feature similar to the way dogs open their mouths slightly to cool off.
They are nocturnal animals, meaning they sleep during the day and come out during the night. This is also another evolutionary feature which helps them to survive in the hot environment.
They are friendly and easily approachable to humans. So much that they have become a rage on Instagram. Many people pose with a quokka for a “quokka selfie”. However people are not supposed to feed or handle them otherwise they will be fined.
Although quokka seem harmless, they are still wild animals. When threatened, they can bite and have been known to nip at the fingers of people who try to feed them. They get aggressive when fighting for a mate. The females even abandon their babies if they sense danger.
Below is an interesting video on quokka
With the ongoing pandemic, this should give you something to smile about!