Quokkas: the selfie craze Down Under!

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Quokkas: the selfie craze Down Under!

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Say Cheese! A tourist stops to take a selfie with a posing Quokka!

Quokka selfies are going viral all around the globe, but what are Quokkas?  According to Cassyanna Gray in “Great Big Story”, Conservation Officer on Rottnest Island, Quokkas live on Rottnest and Bald Islands off the coast of Albany and Perth, Australia. They are the only member of the genus Setonix, are marsupials, and are usually nocturnal. This explains why Quokkas look and move like baby kangaroos. They remain protected on Rottnest Island, allowing them to reproduce freely and expand, with their only predators being snakes, foxes, and pigs. 

Quokka selfies became viral in 2012 when a tourist took a selfie with a Quokka on Rottnest Island.  That Quokka appeared to have an uncanny smile. The selfie blew up all over the world and many tourists started coming to both islands to grab a selfie with a Quokka. While it is illegal to touch or feed a Quokka they are comfortable with walking right up to people and seemingly pose for a selfie!  

However, don’t be disarmed by their smile, because they will attack if they feel threatened. The Quokkas’ smile is part of the natural structure of their face. While Quokkas are relatively domesticated on Rottnest, they are wild and wary of humans on Bald Island. To learn more about Quokkas and see some cute selfies, click here. If traveling Down Under, be sure to capture a Quokka selfie!

Great Big Story- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-E7K5D_OGvU

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