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The platypus is the most incredible creature on Earth – and these 7 facts prove it

The platypus has the bill of a duck, the tail and body of a beaver, webbed front feet and no stomach. This wonderful mammal is more incredible than a unicorn, yet it exists and amazes us with its astonishing features.



Have you ever seen a platypus? Or would you like to? Which fact about this animal surprised you the most?

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Jim Rivera
Finally the platypus gets some recognition.
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Aug 27, 2020 12:27AM
Jim Rivera
What an honor to have interacted with this mysterious and noble creature, Michele Dix,
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Aug 27, 2020 12:26AM
Jude Zyskowski
They are also doing studies on utilizing the venom for type 2 diabetics medicine,and it's sting is very painful and analgesics cannot mitigate the pain. I think they are the coolest,used them in story to my grandson,with their electro receptors and sixth sense,they are like super creatures!
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Jun 12, 2020 6:30PM
Michele Dix
Yes I have seen platypus , actually more than one. As a 10 or 11 yr old child I had the privilege of holding a baby platypus that 7 or 8 yr old brother found stranded between rocks in an area called Mullumbimby in northern NSW . There had been a lot of rain an this little creature had obviously been washed downstream. We all had a chance to hold it and it was the size of my hand. We left it with the friends we had been visiting. It was found less than five minutes from their home / banana farm. I have no idea if they took it back up stream to the pond in the river there. Hope it survived. That was over 60yrs ago now. Have seen others at various other places too
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Apr 12, 2020 12:04AM
Angela Chantler
Yes I have seen a platypus. It was a stuffed one in my grandparents glass display cabinet. Probably 60 years ago
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Apr 9, 2020 1:18PM
Juju Gibs
They are born with an egg tooth (rather than teeth) to break through the shell of their rubbery egg as they hatch.
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Mar 17, 2020 11:28PM
Juju Gibs
Yes I have seen several platypuses and held two. Their fur is very soft and waterproof and Bill is rubbery and flexible and full of sensory organs. They hunt for their food with eyes and ears tightly shut, sensing electrical impulses from their prey. They are only small about 30 to50 cm long.
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Mar 17, 2020 11:21PM
Louella Wilson
Along with the echidnas, the only monotremes on earth today.
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Feb 29, 2020 9:03PM
tygrossfz
Pretty wild,,,,, Is it even earthly?
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Feb 17, 2020 12:48PM
Les Barker
renegarjim, Unfortunately, they are very shy. The best you could hope for is to see one swimming, briefly. Echidnas are more likely to come near people.
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Jan 31, 2020 1:25AM
Marlene Cockerham
Do beavers, Sue Storm, ?
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Jan 18, 2020 9:13PM
Marlene Cockerham
No stomach...
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Jan 18, 2020 9:09PM
danielleshorts
The article was really informative, they're such an interesting animal.
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Jan 10, 2020 4:19PM
Angelarael
I was surprised by the whole article. I love platypus I think they are unique.
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Jan 8, 2020 8:52PM
vudu
An enlightening look at a precious creature! I learned a lot about them from these facts. Great pictures. Thank you.
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Jan 7, 2020 12:56AM

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