The cutest new selfie trend – with a Quokka! Only in Australia

2015-03-05 19:30
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The Quokka, an irresistibly adorable and happy-looking creature native to Australia... with a striking resemblance to the dassie, but with a long rat's tail.

Regardless, this cutesy creature is now at the epicenter of what is possibly the cutest trend we've ever seen – the Quokka selfie.

We've seen all kind of these animal selfies before, but never ones that are this cute.

Also see: The latest selfie trend: do it with a camel!

The quokka was one of the first Australian mammals seen by Europeans upon landing on the shores Down Under.

The Dutch mariner Samuel Volckertzoon wrote of sighting "a wild cat" on Rottnest Island in 1658. In 1696, Willem de Vlamingh mistook them for giant rats and named the island "Rotte nest", which comes from the Dutch words rattennest meaning "rat nest".

Due to their vulnerable status in the IUCN Red List, handling these critters is a crime, but this does not necessarily mean that taking pictures with them will make of your a law-breaker.

They are not afraid of humans and will readily approach them, so taking a selfie with one shouldn't be too difficult. And given how happy they always looks, it's almost like they like the attention!

Take a look: 

Thank you for my #quokkaselfie, Albert ?? #vscocam #vsco

A photo posted by Julie Haniff (@juliejhaniff) on


A photo posted by vaimiticdc (@vaimiticdc) on


A photo posted by vaimiticdc (@vaimiticdc) on

#selfie with a very happy #quokka at #rottnest island. Looking at it just makes me real happy. ??#quokkaselfie

A photo posted by Cerise Sezxyouup (@cerisesezxyouup) on

Hay mate #quokka

A photo posted by @marty.h on

Anche io voglio un #quokkaselfie ah ah!

A photo posted by Alessia Todeschini ?? (@alessiatode91) on

#quokkaselfie #mynewbae @max_well_crook_

A photo posted by @lisa_french on

If you haven't taken a selfie with a quokka, you haven't lived #quokkaselfie #goodmorning !

A photo posted by @jasminrovira (@jasminrovira) on

Salmonella #quokkaselfie #rottnest #straya

A photo posted by Maxwell Crook (@max_well_crook_) on

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