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Siobhan Reid
November 16, 2017

Just when we thought Adrian Grenier’s selfie game couldn’t get any stronger (scroll through his face-forward Instagram feed to see what we mean), the star snapped a beyond-adorable photo with Australia’s marsupial-of-the-moment, the quokka.

Dubbed the “happiest animal in the world,” the quokka (whose name rhymes with “mocha”) has a selfie-ready smile, gleaming eyes and fluffy ears that stick up on end.

Oh, yea, I’ve since been to Australia and there 👁 met my spirit animal... #quokka

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As many as 12,000 of the furry creatures live on Australia’s Rottnest Island — a tiny, car-free island off the coast of Perth — where they live as protected species, per the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Grenier joins scores of other tourists (more than 500,000 a year, to be exact), to travel to the 7.3-square-mile island and snap a prized photo with the cuddly marsupials, who prefer to live in environments with thick vegetation and swamps.

Quokkas can also be spotted on Baldn Island and in small populations in the southwest of western Australia, though you’d be hard-pressed to find them on the mainland, where the species was practically wiped out with the arrival of the dingo about 3,500 years ago.

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And while the quokkas are arguably Rottnest’s biggest attraction, they’re not the only draw. Covered in bays, dunes, and beaches, the isle also offers whale watching, snorkeling, cycling, and exotic birdlife (keep your eyes peeled for the yellow rock parrot). Given the Rottnest’s many allures (quokka included!), we won’t judge if you post more than one ‘gram.

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