A quokka is like a kangaroo, except of course a lot smaller, they also carry their young in a pouch. These cute little guys are not found all over Australia, they are on a few small Islands off the coast of Western Australia, and a very small number are on the actual mainland of Western Australia, but most live on a Island off the coast of Western Australia called Rottnest Island.
A Dutch mariner named Samuel Volckertzoon first sighted these animals on Rottnest Island in 1658, which he wrote of seeing “wild cats”. In 1696 a Dutch sea captain Willem de Vlamingh mistook them for giant rats and named the island Rotte nest which is Dutch for “rat nest”. The quokka can survive without fresh water far longer than most native animals, and they can also climb trees.
An average quokka weights 2.5 to 5 kilograms or 5.5 to 11 pounds, they are 25 to 30 centimetres or 9.8 to 12 inches tall. Their diet consists of plants and leaves. They have no fear of humans at all, and on Rottnest it is illegal to handle the animals, and there is a fine if you get caught. They are classified as vulnerable, only because they are basically on the small Islands. On the mainland, their main enemy is foxes, and they tend to hide in very dense ground cover, on the Islands they do not have any enemies at all.
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