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quokka, cute smiling animal

Quokka, Cute Smiling Animal

The quokka was one of the first Australian mammals seen by Europeans. 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".
The word quokka is derived from a Nyungar word, which was probably gwaga.

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