I’m quokkin’, yes indeed

How many of you have every seen a Quokka before? Raise your hands! [looking around the room]

Ok, not many. HERE YOU GO!


Well done, first-time submitter Mark. Curled paws, B.E.F. and moist nosicle, CHECK!



  1. *squeal!*

    do want!

  2. This has to be a marsupial. It looks like a koala cousin.

  3. yes, it is a marsupial! it’s called a macropod and it’s from (where else?) australia. 😀 the little one must be a baby, cause those guys grow to about the size of a house cat. too cute!

  4. First time seeing one, I want NOW! How, how….!!!! Want One Now!

  5. Yup, they’re Australian, and I’m pretty sure you can only find them on an island off Western Australia called Rottnest Island – so called because the Dutch who discovered it thought the Quokka’s looked like giant rats 😀

  6. Juniper Jupiter says:

    You sure that’s not a nutria?

    5 billion points for anybody who gets that (lame attempt of a) joke!

    Cute pic by the way!!

  7. Juniper Jupiter says:

    ^^^it really does look like a nutria!! 😛

  8. I’ve never said this before so you know I mean it:

    WANT!!!! Two please.

  9. here is the link to all kinds of info on this adorable marsupial. And don’t you know if it is interesting, unusual or deadly it comes from australia.


  10. I have not only seen a quokka, I have cuddled one personally!


  11. I’m sooo excited to see an Aussie animal on this site. Being an Aussie myself…. We have lots of cute critters down here. and yes, there are plenty of icky ones too but they are not usually seen, except in zoos or the bush, thankfully.

  12. firefinch says:

    No, Juniper Jupiter, it’s actually a porcupine …

  13. Woot!!!

    Pah, ‘seen’ quokkas, ‘cuddled’ quokkas…I live in Perth, Western Australia, mere kilometres from the island of Rottnest, which is the ONLY place in zee world that quokkas can be found. The little fellas are so popular on the island that there is even a pub (or ‘bar’ for y’all from the US of A) called The Quokka Arms.

    Finally! Zee unique animal heritage of Australia is recognised as being tewtelly redonk!!!

    P.S. Did I mention that this one time, when I was 8 I FED a quokka some watermelon? (altho’ I think this is kind of banned now due to being a protected species….)

    Aussie, Aussie, Assie, Oy, Oy, Oy.

    *ahem*. Sorry ;D

  14. Kinder, Gentler Carrie says:

    I got the joke – but I was too late – I’m a big AB fan too, going to one of his FOA restaurants this weekend for my birfday.

    I had heard of a Quokka too, Mr. Attenborough had told me about them long ago.

  15. I’ve never held a quokka, but I’ve seen heaps whilst walking around Rottnest. However there is an unfortunate term used to describe the abuse of these animals (called ‘Quokka Soccer’) by ignorant and horrible people who sometimes visit the island. Also, if you ever visit Rottnest, watch out for the peacocks, they’re thieving little buggers (personal experience) 😛

  16. the curled paws are killin’ me.

    *splode* ded (again)

  17. Yay my man made the cute grade! He’s stoked (that’s Aussie for ‘pleased/happy/proud’ 😉 ).

    The number of mums with bebehs there right now (Spring) is tewtelly squee worthy! I have a few of my pics from our trip on my blog.

  18. Oh wow! That is one cute muthaquokka!

  19. Loris — shut yo mouf!

  20. I can dig it.

  21. I have! I went to Australia years ago and met some up close and personal!

  22. anyone else want to nawm on that nosicle? er…just me? heheh, ok then…[slinks out of sight sheepishly]

  23. What does the other end look like? Just curious. Do they have tails?

  24. Yitzysmommie says:

    Anner – you’re OK, I’m already soft kronshing on the earsie.
    What a cute animalicule! Aussies, WTG on some serious Qte.

  25. Kinder Gentler Carrie says:


    Check out the potoroo!!!

  26. Speaking of Aussie cuteness, Meg should really get some fairy penguins up here. When I was in Oz years ago, we went to Phillip Island and was almost killed by the cuteness of adorable, 8-inch tall penguins.

  27. Oh my goodness. HOW HAVE I MISSED this animal all of my life???

  28. I knew about quokkas from a highly scientific *pome*! Yes, a real poem in a real scientific journal. Behold the wonder that is “Hiawatha’s Lipid” (pdf link on the right side of this page http://www.springerlink.com/content/n3362j124494j675/ )

  29. mm, this link won’t make you pay money http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/reprint/6/6/584

  30. And I’m walkin’
    And makin’ Peeps all squee!

  31. Juniper Jupiter says:

    No, Carrie, I should’ve said five billion goes to EVERYBODY who gets the joke!! Cuz ALTON BROWN rocks!!! So you get five billion, especially since it’s your birfday,”hey!”, and so does firefinch!! Sorry, my bad!! 😛

  32. ThreeCatNight says:

    Notice the tiny paw action, and tentative little face.
    One can almost hear him say,
    “Please, Sir, may I have some more?”

  33. There’s just something about marsupials… they always have the nicest-looking fur, like stuffed animal fur. This guy is a cutie!

  34. I got all excited cuz I thought it was a wombat, my personal fave marsupial… had no idea there was another I had not even dreamed of, much less imagined! Kinda skinny legs for a wombat anyway I guess, and wombats have a koala nose. Thanks for the Educational submishe!

  35. Unusual animals FTW.

  36. To Theresa, above– yep, they’ve got tails. Long, skinny furry ones. Rather sweet but a little disproportionate.

    Google Image Search ‘quokka’ and you’ll get all manner of interesting and cute pics.

  37. Lori,

    Awesome gif!

  38. michellemybelle says:

    “Size of a housecat” ???

    I want 3 of them, thanks. Any critter that comes with its own storage pouch is okay with me!

  39. kgirl81 there also found in another area down south 😛 goooo perth

  40. Bessymouse says:

    I’ve lived in Australia all my life, and I’d never even heard of a quokka until I moved to Western Austalia two years ago. I can see their ‘lil island from my house. I went to visit them and there was much squealing, they are amazingly brave.

    Also, Western Australians’ are weird. They call cockatiels “wieros”.

  41. Ah, good ol’ Oz to the rescue again! The animals there are just amazing, and most are not found anywhere else in the world!

    I’ve never heard of this little feller! He looks like a tiny kangaroo! Squeee!

  42. Quafing quickly with quokka!
    😉 LOL [wonders if Teho will find this]

  43. [quizzical]

    I wonder if any quokkas are quonscientious objectors?
    More to the point… oh heck, you know where I’m going with this.
    Here, have some Quick Oats.

  44. Only if the quick oats are raison their objections with qounscientious cinnamon

  45. “Also, Western Australians’ are weird. They call cockatiels “wieros”.”

    Well, I was born here in Perth and I call them cockatiels. Weird! 🙂

  46. Quokka, in addition to being adorable, is also a top-notch scrabble word. 23 points!

  47. Ahhh!
    I live in the only state in the world that has Quokkas!
    Yay for me!

  48. …Also it’s called Rottonest, not Rottnest, and it comes from like, rat’s nest or something. 🙂
    And I’ve never heard someone call a Cockatiel a wiero.
    You strange person.

  49. Ohh no it isn’t.
    It’s Rottnest. My bad.