Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Slish splash

Sometimes we come across things that are too cute not to share and this is one of them. Check out the wonderful Australian platypus. This is one of only two creatures in the whole world that lays eggs and then suckles their young with milk and looks after them until they are old enough to fend for themselves (The other is the Australian Echinda or Spiny Ant Eater - which looks a lot like a hedgehog). Now platypus are usually very shy so to see this one playing and having fun is amazing. They are very rare and have only been bred in captivity a couple of times. Mom was very lucky when she was a young to actually see some swimming in a stream in the wild. Now don't let their cuteness fool you - the males actually have poisonous spurs on their back legs (they don't kill but can make the area they jab you very very sore) They use their bills to pick up electrical life sign signals in the river bed to hunt for their favorite food little fresh water shrimp and fish.

30 comments:

  1. Oh that is sooo cute.
    I wants a platypus of my own!
    And Mom got to see them in the wild, wow!
    Loves and jealous licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  2. OMD how cute was that. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  3. Squeals! They are the cutest babies evah!! XOXO - Bacon

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  4. I'm so glad that such wonderful animals still exist on our slice earth... and I love this guys! thanks for sharing a special friend from oz :o)
    easy rider

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  5. Very cute. We never saw one before and thought they were bigger.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  6. That's so adorable! They are kind of freaky looking - but cute at the same time, if that makes any sense. They are pretty fast swimmers!

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  7. OMD OMD THAT is AMAZING and so exciting...

    Our Furend BARB who lives in Manilla,NSW... has seen Platypus in the river near her home... butt only a few times .. EVER.
    They are so UNIQUE and special. THANKS fur sharing this with us...

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  8. Thank you for sharing. It was very cute.
    Bentley

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  9. Dare I say they rival the baby seal in cuteness? I'm in love. ♥

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  10. Oh, that does it! Now my mom wants a Platypus!!!! Did you see the tummy tickling part!?!?!? We never use our big whirlpool tub -- he could live in there!!! What am I saying??!
    Cute overload!!!
    Cammie!

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  11. VERY CUTE!!!!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  12. What a sweet little creature, so unusual from anything we have ever seen.
    Dip and Elliot x

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  13. Guess what! They just released some in OUR river. But we don't know where, we don't think there's any public access....but they're there!

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  14. How adorables!!! And ticklish!!!! It's like me when Ma scratches that spot..you know the one...
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  15. What a cute little friend! And, it seems EVERYBODY loves BELLY RUBS!!

    Bart, Ruby and Otto

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  16. How cute! The only platypus I've ever seen were the puppets in mr. roger's land of make believe.

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  17. ooooooooooh - what a cute little guy he is!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  18. How very cute@!!!! The platypus is actually much smaller than we thought they might be.

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

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  19. Thats funny....he like his belly rubbed also!

    The Mad Scots

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  20. That was very cool. thank you for helping me learn about them.

    Love Sasha

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  21. Oh myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! I want to play too!!

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  22. OMD, isn't he just the sweetest little thing! And he loves a good tickle, just like us.
    For some reason mom always thought they were a lot bigger, like the size of an otter...no idea why she would think that.
    Wally & Sammy

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  23. Don't you just LOVE 'em?? My Mum does. She's seen quite a lot of them on her travels. You have to know where to look and you have to be up very early or stay out till dusk but it sure is worth it if you do. They are not friendly like that little bloke though. He obviously wasn't in the wild.

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  24. Thank you for sharing this..they are adorable. Your mom has been luck to have some of the experiences she has had. XOXOX. Peanut, Miss Anna, Brady Bear & Alexander

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