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quok·ka

 (kwŏk′ə)
n.
A short-tailed herbivorous marsupial (Setonix brachyurus) found in coastal areas of southwest Australia.

[Nyungar (Pama-Nyungan language of southwest Australia) gwaga.]

quokka

(ˈkwɒkə)
n
(Animals) a small wallaby, Setonix brachyurus, of Western Australia, occurring mostly on offshore islands
[from a native Australian language]
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Perth is full of tourist attractions and activities including Swan Valley, Australia's oldest wine production area, the port city of Fremantle, and Rottnest Island with its quokkas, said to be one of the happiest animals in the world.
Quokkas are reputed to be the happiest animals on the planet - which is hardly surprising when you consider where they call home.
"We can't wait to welcome new visitors to Perth, and I know the quokkas will be ready to star in any holiday snaps."
On Rottnest Island - Perth's favourite island getaway - we heard all about the island's history as an Aboriginal prison and came face to face with numerous quokkas (a type of wallaby, bigger than a cat).
He explained that from their skeletons, suggestions were made that they were primitive macropods, a group which includes kangaroos, quokkas and wallabies.
I can now add two more species to the echidna, southern brown bandicoots, western grey kangaroos, quokkas and tammar and western brush wallabies I saw earlier.
The text discusses why tigers, quokkas, ground iguanas, vultures and other creatures are in danger, often because of introduced animals or chemicals used in agriculture.
Rottnest (rat nest) Island off the coast of Perth was named by early Dutch explorers who from a distance mistook the quokkas for giant rats.
Clever alliterative language underlines the alphabet letter being illustrated, as in "Quintana Quokka knows that there are quite a few locations where, without question, one must be quiet such as libraries, lecture halls, and anywhere quokkas gather to listen to quartets." A quokka, by the way, is a stocky Australian pademelon, or wallaby.
Cars are banned so hire a bike to explore the bays and meet the resident quokkas - small marsupials only found in Western Australia.