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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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We can't wait to welcome new visitors to Perth, and I know the quokkas will be ready to star in any holiday snaps.
Unique to Australia and largely found on Rottnest Island off the coast of Perth, quokkas are described as the happiest animal on Earth and are even known to enjoy a selfie with tourists.
Famous for cute quokkas (a cat-sized relative of the kangaroo).
He explained that from their skeletons, suggestions were made that they were primitive macropods, a group which includes kangaroos, quokkas and wallabies.
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.
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.
Cars are banned so hire a bike to explore the bays and meet the resident quokkas - small marsupials only found in Western Australia.
They were interested in the quokkas of Rottnest Island, off Western Australia, because these small, wallaby-like marsupials have been virtually free of predation for about 7000 years.
They are painting happy little fish, shy little quokkas,
Furthermore, several physical models of highest future relevance will be identified, experimentally validated and added to Quokkas capabilities.
In one project, it was found native quokkas rather than rabbits were eating the rare plants of a threatened ecological community on the upper slopes of Bluff Knoll, in the Stirling Range National Park.