Quokka selfies: Is this the BEST animal in the world to get a picture with?

Man and close up quokka

Up until now, Quokkas have been almost unheard of outside of Australia, but now they’re becoming a favourite photo subject for tourists visiting Down Under.

Quokkas can be found on the island of Rottnest near Perth and live as herbivores, primarily feeding at night, meaning they’re mainly nocturnal.

They have round, compact bodies that are around 40 to 54cm long and are covered with short, coarse brown-grey fur, with small round ears and a black nose.

But what has made tourists want to  get a selfie with this curious little critter?

The reason everyone wants to get a snap with a Quokka is down to its iconic grin, which has earnt it the label the “happiest animal in the world”.

Around 12,000 quokkas are said to live on Rottnest Island and they don’t seem to mind posing for pictures with squealing tourists.

With more than 500,00 tourists visiting Rottnest every year, Quokkas seem to have adapted well to human invasion.

Marsupial expert Yegor Malaschichev, a zoologist at St. Petersburg State University in Russia, told National Geographic he didn’t see any harm in snapping photos with quokkas, but he has warned not to touch them.


He also added people shouldn’t feed quokkas, no matter “what we think they may like to eat”.

Malaschichev added: “The animals will happily (and adorably) nibble away at a visitor’s Vegemite sandwich, but the bread sticks between their teeth, which can later cause an infection called lumpy jaw.

“It would be terrible to cause premature death in one of these nice, and also vulnerable animals.”

Another animal native to Australia certainly won’t shy away from a selfie - but it depends if you want a selfie with IT.

Chilling images of the ‘Wrap-around’ spider have been posted online to image sharing website Imgur.

The scary spider, which is also known as Dolophones turrigera, has been spotted in Rotary Park Rainforest Reserve in Lismore, New South Wales.

The species can blend into its background when resting on a twig and it takes a few minutes of intent gazing to detect the outline of the arachnid.

Quokka selfies: Is this the BEST animal in the world to get a picture with? - Katrina Turrell - Express, 12 August 2016