The small marsupial Quokkas, found on Western Australia’s Rottnest Island is now considered an endangered species.
The animal, which is loved by tourists and locals can survive long periods without water, but according to www.allcreaturesanimalrescue.com.
They suffer anaemia due to industrial development, which depletes nitrogen in plants, the main source of Quokkas protein.
Cobolt and copper, crucial trace elements for Quokkas to breed are lacking in the soil on the island.
There is also no strict control over the many tourists who visit the island and feed the animals food that is not suitable for them.
There is currently about 10,000 Quokkas on the island.