If you’re like us and you’ve somehow lived your whole life so far without knowing what a quokka is, then let us enlighten you. Nicknamed the “happiest creature on earth”, these little guys are essentially a small wallaby, and since they’re in the kangaroo family, they have a cute little pouch to carry their babies in.

Quokkas are native to Southwest Australia- which makes a lot of sense to us, as Australia tends to get all of the weird and wonderful kinds of animals. Thanks to their adorable little smiles, Quokkas look cute enough to pet! But be warned, as reaching out to pet one could cost you a cool $300 fine. Now we’ve got the facts out of the way, there’s nothing left to do but show you 40 photos that prove quokkas are the happiest animals in the world, and we guarantee that these will put a smile on your face.