Move over Koalas and Kangaroos! Quokkas are staking their claim as Australia’s cutest tourist drawcard

By Maria Kyriacou

Move over Koalas and Kangaroos! Quokkas are staking their claim as Australia’s cutest tourist drawcard
“Quokkaholic” selfies continue to explode all over the Internet as the animal’s cute smile tempts tourists all the way to Australia

Adorable Quokkas are being touted as the latest big craze for tourism down under, thanks to the unremitting phenomenon of Quokka Selfies sweeping across social media.

Quokkas were once an overlooked small Australian marsupial, living quietly in their natural habitat of Rottnest Island. But following several thousand selfies posted on social media sites, led by Instagram and Twitter they are now world famous.

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Their photogenic, perpetual smile and cute, cat-sized chubby body has tourists clamouring for a shot beside them.

A spokesman from Taronga Zoo says they have been inundated with emails and calls from ‘Quokkaholics’. A fine of A$300 is charged for anybody caught in the act of touching quokkas. However, their sociable nature means they’ll readily approach visitors which means we’re all in for lots more hilarious quokka selfies!

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We know they’re super charming, but what are quokkas really like?

  • They’re not only adorable, but also incredible survivors able to live off fat stored in their tails for long periods of time
  • They’re herbivores who like to feast on leaves, grass and plant stems
  • Despite being known as the cutest animal on earth a quokka is still a wild animal and will cut you with its super sharp claws if you don’t treat it with respect.

So, what do you think of quokka selfies and do you fancy joining the Quokkaholics?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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