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Quokka escapes Rottnest Island on garbage barge, sparking fears for survival11 Jan 10:11pm

Quokka escapes Rottnest Island on garbage barge, sparking fears for survival

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Search under way after marsupial startles recycling centre worker who thought it was a large rat Authorities in Western Australia are searching for a quokka that apparently escaped Rottnest Island in a rubbish bin and reemerged on the mainland, startling a recycling centre worker who thought it was a “large rat”. Native to WA and famous for smiling happily in selfies, quokkas were largely eradicated on the mainland and survived thanks to a large, isolated population on Rottnest Island, a prison camp turned popular holiday destination off the coast of Perth.
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