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Aug 11, 2008

THIS JUST IN: Tiny Velvety Platypi

Check these morsels out. They've got a combination of velvety Sharpei rolls, evil webbed otter paws, and perfectly machined drilled nostril holes.

Snork-snork [double nostril-hole sniffing sound]

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Let's dip them in chocolate and call it the "Pudgy 'n' Velvety" bar, then smoosh it in our faces, OK Sasha F.?

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Cutie-pie platypi!

Dara
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 07:28 AM

Gotta hand it to ya, Meg, you've outdone yourself in the exotic animal category!
Cute little puppies, kits, lambs, things.....

Katrina
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 07:30 AM

So THAT'S what Ornithorhynchus Anatinus Platypus looked like when she was born...but I thought she had red hair, not bald, and had a twin? That's how she looked on Mr. Rogers! :)

Juniper Jupiter
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 07:30 AM

^^^should read, not bald, and DIDN'T have a twin...sorry, carry on!

Juniper Jupiter
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 07:31 AM

AWESOME! They look so soft!

Kris
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 07:34 AM

Okay, those? Are AWESOME! So anerrrrrrrable! I lof dem! I must haf dem! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Ahem.

Babs
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 07:36 AM

OMG! Chubbeh Platypushumuses!

Wombats
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 07:39 AM

Puggles!!!!

I loves Puggles

Toni
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 07:42 AM

There you go, proof positive that behbeh anythings are cute!

Desdemona
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 07:44 AM

Dunno why, but those remind me of a boy I went to pre-school with. His name was Peter Valentine.

Angela
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 07:50 AM

OMG. look at the chub rolls on the armz!

aloria
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 07:53 AM

Oh my God!!

WANT
WANT
WANT

Barbara
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 07:55 AM

desde, you took the words right outta my mouf...

if it's a bebeh, it's cute!

ashagato
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 07:57 AM

The cutest thing about em? THEY HATCH OUT OF EGGS, PEOPLE!

<3 <3

Michelle
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 07:59 AM

That picture actually made me gasp loudly enough to alarm my colleagues. I want to rub them all around my face.

embertine
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 08:02 AM

Wow, they sorta look like teeny seals with beaks. A sealypus!

Erebella
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 08:03 AM

this is too much cute to be real - it must be a fake! (hat tip to the early australian explorers).

Please sir, I want some more.

syber
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 08:07 AM

Awwww...the chub rolls! So cute. They do look soft. *pets screen*

Eastie
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 08:14 AM

me wants all to myself for snorgling. Too precious . . . . Ker THUD

steppy
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 08:14 AM

Me too, embertine! I very rarely literally gasp, but this post elicited an huge, audible *GASP* from me! Me loves me some platybabies!!!

cheesybird
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 08:26 AM

I second Toni. Puggles!!!! (I just lurve it when the name of a thing is as cute as the thing itself, and bebeh platypi are actually called puggles. It doesn't get much better than that.)

Cait
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 08:29 AM

http://www.australianfauna.com/platypus.php

Baby platypus- not puggles actually.
"A baby platypus is not called a puggle, which seems to be a common misconception. There is no official name for a baby platypus, but a common suggested name is "platypup"."
-according to Australia's Flora/Fauna website.

Rats.

MAB
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 08:32 AM

I have eaten
the platybabies
that were in
the nestbox

and which
you were probably
saving
for nomming.

Forgive me
they were velvety
so sweet
and so pudgy.

Limegirl
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 08:36 AM

Actually, ahem, the plural of platypus is "platypode." Platypus is a Greek word, not Latin, so the us=i suffix doesn't apply.

How do I know this you ask? Daughter did a school project.

(This doesn't qualify as nufferdom, does it?)

chapeaunoir
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 08:36 AM

[gasp] WHERE ARE THEY????!!!
I DEMAND TO KNOW!!!

Theresa
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 08:37 AM

For some reason, this calls to mind the official word for those rolls of fat: "collops" You could look it up.

Seven Paws
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 08:42 AM

just let me hold them just for one moment... i promise i'll give them right back. (;

scooterpants
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 08:48 AM

Limegirl--BRILLIANT!! Bwahahaha!

Jen
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 08:49 AM

And, heck, platypup is quite an adorable name in and of itself...*squeee*

Jen
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 08:50 AM

HOLY cow! I had no idea they started out so small... and so pudgy!

claudia
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 08:50 AM

ChapeauNoir - seconded. I get into all sorts of trouble when I refer to multiple octopusses as "octopode".

Tony James
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 08:51 AM

OMG, platypus rolls! They look so chunky and nomable.

chanpon
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 08:54 AM

Reminds me of a funny shirt I saw the other day. "I used to skinny dip, now I chunky dunk."

Erebella
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 09:00 AM

OMG!!!! They are lovely!

Jessica
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 09:00 AM

Limegirl, that was brilliant!!

cheesybird
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 09:01 AM

Wow. Too cute for words!! I can feel that velvety softness through my monitor. And the teeny feet, smooth heads, and rolls and rolls of chub are killing me - ded.

amyj
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 09:02 AM

Yes, I third the idea that all bebehs are cute. Whatever kind of babehs. I saved the life of a babeh possum Friday morning. And he hissed (!) at me. He was so cute and feeeeerce acting. Course he could not bite me (I don't know anything about possums, so I don't know if he would have...) because his widdle hayd and one widdle arm, all the way up to his shoulder, were stuck in one of those stupid dome lids on the plastic cups that Wendy's uses. Stoopid neighbors for leaving stoopid trash laying around outside! But I digress... He was laying there, I'm assuming he was exhausted from struggling. And I'm so glad I came along before the neighbors found him! So... after I put some gloves on, I tried to pull the stoopid lid off, and it wouldn't come off - I don't know how on earth he got himself SO stuck in there. I took him into my garage, hissing some more, and cut the stoopid lid a little bit, just enough to pull it over his widdle hayd. Then I took him over to the side of my yard, with overgrown bushes and plants - a dream come true for urban wildlife. And I set him down, and he just laid there. I petted him a little, and I didn't know what else to do. I didn't know if he was dying, or injured... although he didn't seem to be injured. I was so worried. So I stepped back.. and he got up and ambled away. HA! playing possum, he was... I hope he was able to find his mama possum.

ceejoe
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 09:05 AM

I don't wanna be a wet blanket, but isn't it kind of dangerous handling those guys? Don't they have a venomous claw or something? That doesn't detract from the cuteness.

Gus
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 09:10 AM

Collops? Srsly? Who names stuff? I demand to know. Collops, while funny, sounds a bit like some sorta growth you should have surgically removed. I'm gonna petition the name be officially changed to "chub".

Michelle
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 09:14 AM

Of all the species, this has to be the most random...yet adorable:)

WannaSmile
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 09:15 AM

notice for those in the UK: at 6pm on channel 5 the first episode of "Michaela's Zoo Babies" begins. eee!

Janeyferr
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 09:16 AM

Limegirl - that was EXCELLENT!!!

Wonder if the platypode would mind if I rubbed their velvety collops? (Learning by doing! Vocab is FUN!) :oD

Yay for saving the possum!
My dad saved a bird last Friday. It had gotten its head caught in the bird feeder!!! The seed wasn't far enough out for him to get and he must have forced himself in. My dad had to take the bird feeder down and press and pry to get him out. Must have been one hungry little bird!

Kris
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 09:27 AM

CeeJoe nice Rescute.

Tony James and ChapeauNoir
: ) I learn something new all the time on CO.

Annie
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 09:28 AM

Look out, they's venomous!

Lyndse
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 09:32 AM

Per the above link, re the venom:
If you thought this was a cute and cuddly Australian animal, well, you are only half correct. The male platypi have a hollow spur about 15 milimetres in length on the inside of both hind legs. This in turn is connected to a venom gland, and the platypus uses this spur to defend itself against predators.

Amazing Fact: The male platypus has venom strong enough to can kill a small dog, or cause excruciating pain among humans.

Since only the male platypus has this venomous spur, and the gland peaks during mating season, many suggest it is normally used in aggressive encounters between other male platypus.

Kris
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 09:43 AM

Limegirl, William Carlos Williams would be proud!

doafy
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 09:49 AM

These babies obviously need snorgling. I volunteer!

ceejoe, in my younger days, I did volunteer work at a wildlife center. One summer day, a man brought in an (a?) opossum that had been hit by a car ahead of him. He stopped to check on the opossum, but she had died; however, she had a pouch full of live babies, so he put mom in a box and brought them all in. The babies were uninjured, and I was assigned to care for them because everyone else thought they were too nasty to handle (whereas I'll tend to any critter that needs help, cute or not). They were wonderful, and tending to them one of my best experiences there. As with cats and dogs, each had it's own distinct personality. One of our favorite activities was baths. They had to be washed several times a day because they'd poop in the nest I made them, so we'd do nice, warm baths, and, boy, did those little stinkers enjoy the spa treatment!

Aoife
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 09:49 AM

I luffs dem.

darkshines
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 09:50 AM

Aww, platypups! :D

Terry Pratchett says that the platypus is a duck designed by committee. I love them. They're just so darned ODD.

Laura
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 09:56 AM

Oh My! Oh My! (snork, snork) I want to put them in my pockets - for now.

BBM
 |  Aug 11, 2008 at 10:14 AM

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