Don't Mess with our Quokkas

@JudyEv (83859)
Bunbury, Australia
March 20, 2017 1:25am CST
Rottnest Island, just off the coast of Western Australia, is famous for its colony of quokkas. These small kangaroo-like marsupials are friendly and relatively tame. This sometimes results in their ill-treatment by visitors to the island. The latest incident involved a New Zealand 37-year-old who allegedly threw a quokka off the wharf and into the sea. In his defence, Bevan Hames stated he 'placed' the quokka in the water as he knew quokkas were good simmers and wanted to demonstrate this to his companions. Hames is in Perth for a wedding and was due to fly to Bali to attend another wedding on Tuesday (tomorrow). He has been charged $2,000 over the incident. Quokkas were once voted as the happiest animals in the world and are often seen in 'selfies'. The are about the size of a domestic cat and are herbivorous and mostly nocturnal. Photo: By en:User:SeanMack (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
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@LadyDuck (95032)
• Switzerland
20 Mar
Poor quokka, people can be so stupid, $2,000 is not enough, he had to spend a few days in jail.
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
From time to time these incidences come up. They can be fined up to $5000 now. Two French tourists recently opted to go to jail rather than pay the fine.
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@besweet (7353)
• Greece
20 Mar
@JudyEv Going to jail in a foreign country sounds frightening! It is always better to comply with the rules of each country when we visit.
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
@besweet I hope they did the right thing. It's possible they now have a conviction against their name which could go against them in the future.
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@amandajay (17449)
• Sri Lanka
20 Mar
For harming animals they should be charged more also should be punished in jail
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@cacay1 (27695)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
20 Mar
That is right so others won't follow.
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
The judge accepted his excuse that he knew quokkas could swim well.
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
@cacay1 They are really stupid so sometimes one takes footage of a friend kicking or hitting a quokka or whatever and then they put it up on FB. Really stupid behaviour.
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@Morleyhunt (14163)
• Canada
20 Mar
Tourists seem to do stupid things around the world. Leave the wildlife alone...
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@cacay1 (27695)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
20 Mar
@Morleyhunt , That is true, they want to experiment.
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
@cacay1 @MorleyHunT Some tourists are really stupid. Some of our people have really offended people in Indonesia or Malaysia and have been jailed for their stupidity. In some cases they were very lucky to get away with just being jailed.
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@cacay1 (27695)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
20 Mar
@JudyEv Good for them being jailed it should be more months.
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@Ronrybs (6930)
• London, England
20 Mar
What is with people that feel the need to set about an animal minding its own business. $2000 is not enough to set an example to stupid people
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
It is a shame the quokkas are quite so friendly.
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@cacay1 (27695)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
20 Mar
@JudyEv They are harmless but why others abuse.
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@Ronrybs (6930)
• London, England
20 Mar
@JudyEv There are some very dim people out there
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@jstory07 (53361)
• Roseburg, Oregon
20 Mar
You should never touch wild life that is just wrong.
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
You are quite right. They should be left alone.
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@besweet (7353)
• Greece
20 Mar
I think that people should be punished for hurting animals. His excuse was not at all convincing! I hope he learns from this mistake, did the quokka live?
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
The quokka didn't come to any harm which probably helped his case. They are catching people like this much more quickly now because of social media.
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@cacay1 (27695)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
20 Mar
@JudyEv That is correct many are too stupid just to have something to publish in social media.
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@besweet (7353)
• Greece
21 Mar
@JudyEv It is surprising in a bad way, the fact that they post pictures or videos of their actions with pride. They should have an extra fine for that!
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@cacay1 (27695)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
20 Mar
Wow, so cute, can we hold it? I have never seen this kind of animal in our place.
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
They are cute little things, aren't they?
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@cacay1 (27695)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
22 Mar
@JudyEv so cute , never had seen this cutie .
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@allknowing (53552)
• India
20 Mar
Could they be kept as pets.?
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
I'm sure they could as they get quite tame but it is illegal to even touch them.
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@allknowing (53552)
• India
20 Mar
@JudyEv Just like our peacocks. Peacock is a national bird.
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@GardenGerty (84339)
• Marion, Kansas
20 Mar
Now when I have an animal alphabet I have a "Q". People are cruel and stupid. Poor quokka.
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
The quokkas are easily grabbed. It's a shame they don't stay away from the public.
@PainsOnSlate (17922)
• Canada
20 Mar
Some people just lose they mind when showing off, I am so glad he was fined a good lot!!
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
He should have had more sense, that's for sure.
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@katsmeow1213 (28467)
• United States
20 Mar
I wish people would stop being mean to animals, period! It doesn't matter the type of animal or the reasons behind it.. leave them alone! I'm glad he was fined.. maybe someone should have thrown him off the wharf! Is the animal ok?
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
There are always idiots around. The pair before this were kicking a quokka then put it on social media! The quokka wasn't hurt at all so that's good.
• United States
20 Mar
@JudyEv I hate to hear things like that.. it's so heartbreaking! I'm glad this one wasn't hurt.. The social media idiots were caught as well I assume?
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Mar
@katsmeow1213 Yes so they got kicked off the island and went to court.
@rebelann (23890)
• El Paso, Texas
20 Mar
I'm glad the idiot was fined but it's too bad they didn't put him behind bars for at least 30 days. Poor little Quokka
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
Hopefully it might make him think a bit harder next time he goes to do something stupid.
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@rebelann (23890)
• El Paso, Texas
21 Mar
I hope so @JudyEv but I hope they ban him from ALL wildlife areas, he doesn't sound like a trustworthy type.
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@rebelann (23890)
• El Paso, Texas
21 Mar
I'm on the side of the Quokka @JudyEv I hope those threats scare the hell out of him and maybe make him more aware of the importance of wildlife.
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• United States
21 Mar
Oh wow. Animals are often at the mercy of people. Sad.
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Mar
They are friendly little creatures. It's a shame their trust is misplaced.
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• United States
21 Mar
@JudyEv It certainly is.
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@Jessicalynnt (48284)
• Centralia, Missouri
20 Mar
anyone that does something like that needs more than 2k fine, I want to see community service at min!
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
I'm wondering if he'll get to the wedding in Bali as he's had his passport taken off him.
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• Centralia, Missouri
21 Mar
@JudyEv I think he needs to go home and have animal welfare be sure if he has any animals he isnt horrible to them too
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@diosabella (4835)
20 Mar
Throwing and placing are two very different things. How can he just throw the cutest thing just like a ball? No common sense at all. Poor thing!
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
It is difficult to understand how anyone can do this.
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20 Mar
@JudyEv I don't know. The world changes everyday and in this situation for the worse... They look so cute. I want a selfie with them too even I don't do selfie that much.
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@jaboUK (48262)
• United Kingdom
20 Mar
That's a hefty fine, and it will make him (and others) think twice before mistreating the quokkas.
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Mar
The maximum is $5,000 so he got off lightly in a way.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
20 Mar
That is a stupid thing to do. And, yes, wildlife should be left alone.
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
It is a stupid action indeed. Some just have to show off to their mates.
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@silvermist (12413)
• India
20 Mar
@JudyEv That man from New Zealand was a show off.He just wanted to impress the companions.He had no consideration for the Quokkas.
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
That's true - just showing off to his mates. But the pair caught a few months ago were kicking a quokka which is worse. Thankfully they got caught too because they were stupid enough to put it on FB.
• China
20 Mar
The guy went so far as to maltreat quokkas that is friendly towards tourists.Imposed a $2,000 fine on him,it served him right .
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
Yes, he deserved to be punished.
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@Happy2BeMe (55745)
• Canada
20 Mar
By looking at the picture I would have never guessed them to be friendly and happy. They remind me of a huge rat. Ewwwww
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@JudyEv (83859)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar
Rottnest comes from the Dutch for 'rats' nest'. They do look a bit like rats I guess.
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