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Sep 30, 2007

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!

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do want!

 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 10:18 PM

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

 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 10:19 PM

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

 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 10:21 PM

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

 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 10:26 PM

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 :D

 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 11:51 PM

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!!

Juniper Jupiter
 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 11:59 PM

^^^it really does look like a nutria!! :P

Juniper Jupiter
 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 12:03 AM

I've never said this before so you know I mean it:

WANT!!!! Two please.

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 12:04 AM

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.


 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 12:44 AM

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


 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 02:06 AM

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.

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 02:32 AM

No, Juniper Jupiter, it's actually a porcupine ...

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 03:28 AM


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

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 03:29 AM

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.

Kinder, Gentler Carrie
 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 04:20 AM

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) :P

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 05:39 AM

the curled paws are killin' me.

*splode* ded (again)

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 05:44 AM

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.

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 06:00 AM

Oh wow! That is one cute muthaquokka!

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 06:07 AM

Loris -- shut yo mouf!

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 06:38 AM

I can dig it.

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 07:00 AM

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

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 07:16 AM

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

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 07:19 AM

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

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 07:38 AM

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

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 07:39 AM


Check out the potoroo!!!

Kinder Gentler Carrie
 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 07:43 AM

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.

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 07:44 AM

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

A thinker
 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 08:12 AM

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/ )

Bad Cat Robot
 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 08:21 AM

And I'm walkin'
And makin' Peeps all squee!

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 09:03 AM

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!! :P

Juniper Jupiter
 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 10:36 AM

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

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 10:38 AM

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

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 10:41 AM

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!

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 12:06 PM

Unusual animals FTW.

Deckard Canine
 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 12:45 PM

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.

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 02:33 PM


Awesome gif!

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 03:07 PM

"Size of a housecat" ???

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

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 08:15 PM

kgirl81 there also found in another area down south :P goooo perth

 |  Oct 01, 2007 at 11:27 PM

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".

 |  Oct 02, 2007 at 02:43 AM

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!

 |  Oct 02, 2007 at 08:11 AM

Quafing quickly with quokka!
;-) LOL [wonders if Teho will find this]

 |  Oct 02, 2007 at 02:24 PM


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.

 |  Oct 02, 2007 at 02:44 PM

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

 |  Oct 02, 2007 at 02:59 PM

"Also, Western Australians' are weird. They call cockatiels "wieros"."

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

 |  Oct 02, 2007 at 03:33 PM

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

 |  Oct 02, 2007 at 07:33 PM

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

 |  Nov 14, 2007 at 12:51 AM

...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.

 |  Nov 14, 2007 at 12:54 AM

Ohh no it isn't.
It's Rottnest. My bad.


 |  Nov 14, 2007 at 12:55 AM

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