If you are lucky while visiting the salmon ponds you may catch a glimpse of our local wild platypus. The Platypus would have to be this planets most unusual creature, looking like a Duck, Beaver and Otter all rolled into one. First thought to be a hoax by scientists with its bill and webbed feet like a duck, tail like a beaver and furry body like an otter. The platypus is a semi-aquatic mammal that lays eggs and is only found in eastern Australia. Don’t get too close as the males have a venomous spur on the back of their hind feet that can cause excruciating pain.

photos courtesy Patrick Tigges
photos courtesy Joy Allison