Friendly reminder that the Duckbill Platypus is not beaver sized but the tiniest most cutest patootie being in existence
i thought these things were the size of like, large cats or something. ITS FUCKING TINY JESUS
and they can kill you isn’t it adorable
Yeah they have large fangs in their hind legs that are poisonous and deadly, that they use to defend themselves
Actually, it’s only the males who have a poisonous barb on one of their hind legs. This poison is not life threatening, but causes intense pain for several days.
The females lay eggs, and are one of only two kinds of mammals in the world who do so (the group of mammals are called monotremes - the other kind is the echina). There is only one species of platypus..
The platypus also has a sense that pretty much no other mammal in the world has called “electrolocation” where they use electrorecepters in their bills to sense the electrical currents emitted by worms etc. that they eat.
When Europeans first sent a stuffed platypus back to England upon its discovery, scientists thought it was a bizarre practical joke.