“As I walked back to my bike, the quokka chased after me. I put down the GoPro and it jumped at me as if to say, ‘Come back.’”
It would seem as if it were love at first site for the Quokka. And humorously, Jones agrees. When asked what made the Quokka approach him, Jones replied: “My good looks I think.”
As was recently reported, Quokkas are quite inquisitive animals who in many cases aren’t abashed to approaching humans. With few natural predators, they are less fearful than many wild animals.
Because the photos of Jones and the Quokka are making rounds on social media, one would hope that the exposure helps raise awareness for the ‘vulnerable’ animal and inspire more protection efforts.
Quokkas have a very limited distribution in Australia. Most of the population exists on Bald and Rottnest islands. There is also a mainland colony in the Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve near Albany on the South coast of Western Australia.
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