Platypus - the story of an evolutionary wonder

Platypus - the story of an evolutionary wonder

The Platypus

The Platypus may look very goofy and weird but it's actually an evolutionary wonder. This Australian wonder has many scientists scratching their heads, a wonder that I will try to reveal a little bit in this blog. 

They can live up to 17 years - weigh up to 2,5kg and measure a good 50 cm in length

The baby platypus is called: Puggles

The platypus is a mammal that lays eggs.
This is probably one of the weirdest characteristics of the cute little 'duck-otter'. They are the only mammal that lays eggs and not a lot is really known about them, the questions, how, what why remain open ended. 

Their existence was first questioned and people though they were not real.
Untill 1799 the platypus' existence was heavily questioned. I mean a duck beak and feet with an otter body and a beaver's tail.. You can't blame people for calling this too good to be true. 

Sadly they are also endangered and at risk of extinction.
Just like the animal itself, the amount of platypusses on this planet is a bit of mystery. It is estimated there are between 30 000 and 300 000 left. the main reason for the decline of their population is: habitat loss, bad water quality, climate change, hunting and non-native predators. 

It’s no secret that we from OtterlyDifferent are crazy about the platypus. And luckily we are not alone! The Australian Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife have recently added a ‘save-the-platypus-mission’ to their agenda! 

This is because every day, Platypuses die in traps and nets, together with pollution and habitat loss. Litter in general is a huge problem the Platypus face. 

Enters Team Platypus!  

Scientists from UNSW Australia, the University of Sydney and the Office of Environment and Heritage, led by Dr Daniel Lunney, want to help out. They want to know where the Platypus are, and if they’re disappearing.

The goal is to convene a team of scientific experts, because we'd be fools not to try and save a species so unique, there's none other like it the world over.

This expert team has a combined 110 years of experience in conservation research. Working together, they could ensure that we’re aware and prepared to save the Platypus before it’s too late.

It costs $100 to bring this team together for 1 hour. And for every purchase you make on this channel, we will directly transfer 20% to the ‘Save the Platypus-mission’! 

To learn more, you can visit the FNPW’ site directly via: https://www.fnpw.org.au/appeals/save-the-platypus`

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