Why Quokka is the happiest animal in the world?

Why Quokka is the happiest animal in the world?

Early in 2015, a cute little Australian took the internet by storm. Quokka, thy name, and smile ― was her ticket to fame!

Why Quokka is the happiest animal in the world?

Quokkas come from the same family as the kangaroo (called Macropodidae) and are often referred to as the happiest animal in the world because of their cute cheeky grins.

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Image courtesy: Campbell Jones

Where are Quokka found?

Quokkas are native to West Australia and are found mainly on— Rottnest Island and Bald Island.

Because of habitat destruction due to all that we label as ‘development’, quokkas are now considered vulnerable to extinction. They also face threats from foxes, cats, and wildfires.

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Despite his ‘vulnerable’ status, this cute animal isn’t scared of humans. There was a selfie frenzy a few years ago featuring Quokkas. And they happily obliged the tourists.

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image courtesy: Lisa

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The conservationists have since issued guidelines – hugging or feeding quokkas is a punishable offense. This is because what we tourists may commonly take to be a safe food for these critters may lead to teeth/gum infections or premature death in them.

Here’s hoping that with the conservation efforts of the sanctuary and tourists, the Quokkas keep smiling.

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Coco movie review – the best Pixar movie in recent years!

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Before they began churning our bland sequels, Pixar studios had a pedigree boasting the likes of Toy Story, Finding Nemo, WALL-E, and Up. It took a long time coming but the renaissance for Pixar studios seems here with Coco.

Vivacious and vibrant, colorful and cultural, Coco tugs all the right strings.

Coco movie review

The plot revolves around a young Mexican boy, Miguel Rivera, who brings his family together with his love for music. His greatest desire in life is to be a musician like his idol, the fictional legend Ernesto de la Cruz. Unfortunately, his family despises music as his great-great-grandmother was abandoned by her musician husband.

During the annual Day of the Dead festivities – wherein families remember and honor their dead relatives,  Miguel gets spirited away to the Land of the Dead.  An afterlife realm which is anything but morbid!

Coco movie review

Miguel meets a charming trickster Hector, and together, they venture to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

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Japanese maestro Hayao Miyazaki’s art comes to fore in Coco as he paints a vivid and dreamlike canvas with Dragon-tigers, goofy skeletons and shimmering marigolds.

Apart from the visual specter, Coco has so much else to offer ― Mexican culture, an ode to intergenerational family ties, an improbable dream, the price or the vanity of being a celebrity…

The movie’s title is endearingly dedicated to Miguel’s great-grandmother Mamá Coco. Left heartbroken by her dad’s disappearance, she reminisces her bygone days in silence.

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Look at those wrinkles on Grandma Coco, so photorealistic!

Now as for why this dog reviewed this movie?

Coco features an adorable sidekick, a goofy stray dog named Dante. He is a Xoloitzcuintli, a breed native to Central America, also known as the Mexican Hairless.

Xolo dogs feature prominently in Aztec (Mexica) culture. According to legend, in order to make the journey through the afterlife, you need to have one of these Xolo dogs with you.

See also:  The dog who went to heaven.

Go ahead and watch this heartfelt film. A sheer delight for kids and anyone who still remembers being one.

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