Today, based on your vote, we have something furry, small and super happy – a Quokka, which is a little marsupial, native to a small corner of southwestern Australia. These little guys have made the rounds and gained fame by photobombing people’s selfies since they have no fear of humans. However, since they have a status of ‘vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List, it’s a crime to actually touch one. Luckily, the Quokka populations are recovering in some areas, thanks to conservation efforts.
The suggestion to try doodlewashing one came from Philippe, since he’s always looking at those cute animal posts on Buzzfeed. I’d seen the selfies but had no idea what the animal was called. Some sites describe the Quokka as the happiest animal on earth, or even in the galaxy, because it appears to always have a smile on its face. Not sure I could capture the incredible cuteness that exudes from these little guys, but I decided to try a quick sketch.
Philippe and I both share a love of cute animals. For some reason, we don’t have the same reaction to cute babies, which my mother finds appalling. But give us a cute animal photo and we immediately go all goo goo ga ga and start making cooing sounds. Which is precisely why we only look at these photos in the privacy of our own home. Phineas finds the sounds we make confusing as he feels that all attention of this sort should be bestowed on him alone. He’s rather spoiled.
Today, we’re enjoying a very lazy day. Despite the ridiculously warm season, it decided to snow today so it finally looks like Christmas, even though the official day has passed, of course. We usually put together a puzzle at Christmas, but completely forgot about it this year, so we’re about to start it now. It’s of Santa with some dogs I think. Better late than never! So it’s a pretty happy day! A day we’re just taking slowly, bit by bit, like a couple little quokkas, enjoying a much needed little break.
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