Q is for Quokka


The Quokka is known as the happiest animal on earth. So I thought I’d try and do something about happiness, to keep myself going with the A to Z challenge!

The setting sun cast long shadows across the ground. In the deeper grass where Kumo lay it was already dark, but she could see perfectly fine, in fact now was the time that she and her family began moving. All around her she could hear the stirrings of her family. The afternoon sun had kept them warm and drowsy but now their stomachs rumbled.

The air was soon filled with their chatter and the rustle of the grass as the sped through their tunnels. This was Kumo’s favourite time of day. This was when she felt truly happy, immersed in the sounds and smells of her family, someone always within her sight line as they hunted together. She smiled to herself, leaping forward.

One day soon it would be her turn to start a family. Already she knew that she was nearing the age, maybe this summer she would have her own baby to look after, just as her sisters around her had done. Just the sounds of laughter ringing out made her excited for the day when she would look around at her own family group and feel proud.

The same sense of pride Gran Gran exuded every time Kumo saw her. Yes, nothing would make her happier than her own family.

Q is for Quokka

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