100 Word Wednesday: Week 69

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Off the coast from Perth in Western Australia is the island of Rottnest or Ratsnest. The name was given to it when sailors discovered way back in time. The island is home to a small marsupial called a quokka.

To the Dutch sailors, they appeared as giant rats and hence the name.

They are a protected species as being unique to the island. They live happily among the tourists.

Originally the island was settled as a gaol for indigenous prisoners. The gaol buildings are still there, preserved and used as accommodation. It also has more modern and luxurious places to stay.

Below is an image of a quokka.

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Written for: https://bikurgurl.com/2018/05/02/100-word-wednesday-week-69/

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14 Responses to 100 Word Wednesday: Week 69

  1. Aww what a cute “rat”

    • Michael says:

      The quokka (/ˈkwɒkə/, Setonix brachyurus), the only member of the genus Setonix, is a small macropod about the size of a domestic cat.[4] Like other marsupials in the macropod family (such as kangaroos and wallabies), the quokka is herbivorous and mainly nocturnal.[5]
      There’s some info about them Melanie.

  2. They are rather sweet. Are they marsupials Michael? Or related to kangaroos and wallabys. I ask because of their long hind legs and short forelegs.

    • Michael says:

      The quokka (/ˈkwɒkə/, Setonix brachyurus), the only member of the genus Setonix, is a small macropod about the size of a domestic cat.[4] Like other marsupials in the macropod family (such as kangaroos and wallabies), the quokka is herbivorous and mainly nocturnal.[5]

  3. Lyn says:

    They are delightful little creatures. One day I hope to have my photo taken with one

  4. willowdot21 says:

    Tempting 💜💜

  5. bikurgurl says:

    What a cute little critter 😉 Thank you for educating us and joining in our our weekly writing venture!

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