Meet a quokka. It is a type of small kangaroo, about the size of a large cat, only found on Rottnest Island, where I recently had a four day holiday with my family.
There are about 10,000 quokkas on the island. They are very cute and they are very curious. They also go around trying to eat everything in sight. Quokkas, like all marsupials, are not famous for their intelligence. They are cute as anything, but basically, not very smart.
Meet my son, Liam.
He is also cute, curious, and will try to eat anything he has never seen before. AND he is also not exactly a genius (yet).
So this combination of 10,000 quokkas and a not-very-clever Liam is a BAD combination.
Because quokkas leave these attractive, perfectly formed poo… ALL OVER THE PLACE!
Sometimes the poos are brown, and sometimes they are dark green. No matter what colour they are, they still look like tasty chocolate morsels.
The roads and paths are sprinkled with them. The playground, the gardens, and even in the shops.
Quokka poo is such a problem that the shops have little quokka-proof doors to keep the little devils out. But of course, quokkas are so cute that the little kids open the doors for them, so they can get in and poo on the floor. Which then of course means all the customers step on the poo.
So, while Liam was terrified of the quokkas themselves, he was rather drawn to the quokka poo, quicker than you can say “NO WAIT – THAT’S NOT FOR EATING!!”.
Yes that’s right, our little baby has eaten quokka poo.
And lets just say that we have been back from holiday for a couple of weeks now, and it is clear that even if you eat several quokka poos over a four day holiday, it doesn’t do any harm.
None of my other children, as far as I know, has ever eaten animal poo, so Liam is unique in that regard.
Thank God that quokkas are vegetarian!!