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Dec 15, 2006

Qwack qwaaack

Will you please check out this duck-billed platypus. I mean, not only is he half-prosh, half bill, but makes the most anerable sound when annoyed:


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Jake B., I think you just got some attention for your favorite animal...

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I just learned this week that the platypus has echo-location sensors around the edge of its' beak! Like it needs to be any wierder! But CUTE, def. CUTE!

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 10:53 AM

Awww, sorta sounds like the trilling my kitter does.

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 10:54 AM

I agree with the sentiment that the platypus is proof God (or whomever you believe in) has a sense of humor! Too prosh!

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 10:54 AM

tehehe it looks like it is wearing like, a halloween duck mask or something.

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 10:56 AM

I love it love it love it!!! It is soooooo cute, and weird. How much more cool could it be??

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 10:56 AM

"The duckbilled platypus, it looks like a duck, but it's furry!"

10 points to whoever can place that quote.

...my God, that thing's cute.

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 10:57 AM

OMG, Ive always loved duck-billed platypi. They are TOO CUTE!!!

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 10:57 AM

PS I even love the gold chain in the background. Too hip!

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 10:57 AM

Heh. In the show South Park, God is a duck-billed platypus.

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 10:57 AM

My husband makes that noise in his sleep. Well.. minus the water sounds.. thankfully..

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 10:58 AM

um.. it looks kind of like a woodchuck with a strap-on duckbill.. like a Halloween costume.. or a secret spy-fighting disguise or something.. "Nobody will recognize me in THIS getup!"

Poor little funny-looking thing!! ;)

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:01 AM

OMG platty! I wubs 'em!

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:03 AM

and the boy platypus all go 'hwaaaaaaaah!'

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:03 AM

OMG! It's so precious! I want to snuggle the bitty platypus under my sweatshirt!

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:04 AM

awwww x3 so unhappy sounding! cuuute.

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:05 AM

Careful Katy, they're cute but have mildly poisonous spurs on their back feet. Defense against too much snorgling, I guess.

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:06 AM

And the males have venomous barbs on their back legs. Females lay eggs, and then when the eggs hatch the mamas feed them by secreting milk out of the skin on their belly.

Weird, fascinating little things, and also cute!

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:09 AM

Another thing to make them even weirder, they are one of two mammals that has its babies in eggs.

They are also the most poisonous mammal, they have barbs on their back legs that males stick each other with during mating season.

"Their venom causes intense pain and local tissue damage in humans. The venom is composed of various enzymes that have a paralytic effect on the affected body area. Swelling develops and the victims may be unable to move their limbs for days."

Still extremely cute!

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:11 AM

Platty! The lands down under have some interesting critters! Just think about it... Kangaroo, Koala, Kiwi, Plattys.

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:11 AM

this pic is so cute! it looks like a dog with a halloween costume on :) still adorable!

Andrea DuBois
 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:13 AM

Awww... Look at he little one on the guy's hand! [tiny honk-shus]

Fish Eye no Miko
 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:15 AM

First look at baby in B 7w photo the baby bill all stumpy, bet lovely to stroke and snorgle, and bet they don't use their spurs except to keep the snorgle going.
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 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:15 AM

WOW... just..WOW!

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:17 AM

Very cute. Love that noise- my kitties make a sound similar to that when they want to wake me up for pets at night. And Beamer's mom made that noise when she wanted the kittens to check in with her- Prrrrrrrrt? And three little mews- Mew! Mew! Mew!

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:19 AM

Went looking for pics of baby platapi and guess what they are called PUGGLES, PUGGLES cute even a cute name

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:20 AM

Oh, man! I LURVE these little goobers! And the sound effects, I swoon! So that's how they sound when annoyed? Not sure how effective it would be for your "back off" sound to be almost as cute as you are! Seems like the worst it would do is incite a snorgling riot in the pond!

HOORAY for the Platypus post! Thanks, Meg!

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:21 AM

I'm working on a toxicology book right now, and there are chapters on treating bites/stings from poisonous marine life, venomous snakes, and poisonous arthropods. I want a chapter on platypuses (per Merriam Webster, that's the preferred plural form--weird)!

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:21 AM

I love it. I love the noise. Really cool.

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:22 AM

Am I the only one who thinks the platypus looks like a totally reasonable creature?

I look at it and think, "Yeah, sure. That makes sense."

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:23 AM

Their venom causes intense pain and local tissue damage in humans. The venom is composed of various enzymes that have a paralytic effect on the affected body area. Swelling develops and the victims may be unable to move their limbs for days."

Still extremely cute!

Posted by: fancyclaps

Hoookay! Notions of snorgling this little billed butterball just went out the window! Well, I'll just looka heem an' smile.

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:24 AM

That water noise has the distinct ability to make a grown woman almost pee her pants. I need that noise on tape to torment my husband on long car trips, although I suspect the plan might backfire. But it... Depends.

Ba dum bum... psh.

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:30 AM

Oh, now that's just NOT FAIR. Too cute. It does sound like a feline "Prrt?" but you can definitely hear the annoyed edge.

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:31 AM

Bwa-ha-haaaa! Between this and "boob tube" and a couple of others, it's been a real LOL week on C.O. thank gourd.

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:40 AM

It ain't right!!! It's against nature!!!

Come on, people, isn't it obvy that this freaky little bastard is the product a duck and a beaver getting it on?

Still cute.

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:45 AM

My brother says platypi are what God made from the parts left over.

As they're cute but poisonous I imagine snorgling a platypus would require a strict code of etiquette: remove top hat, bow from the waist, respectfully touch one finger to the beak...

Peg of Tilling
 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:46 AM

definately proves that the almighty divine one of your choice definately had one hell of a sense of humour..

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:48 AM

I've been waiting for the day I saw one of these things on here^^

Gund (the stuffed animal company) used to make a really great stuffed platypus called Webber. If you check out my link, you'll see the shirt that I made for mine...

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:50 AM

*raises hand, jumping up and down* Constance, I know, I know! -"The duckbilled platypus, it looks like a duck, but it's furry!" This was a commercial shown in the mid to late eighties on Nickelodeon and I also believe USA. At that time, USA was aimed at a younger audience than it is today. This commercial featured some kid dressed in safari clothes opening up his Wild Life Card kit & reading facts about different exotic animals. Parents could call a 1-800 number to order these cards. I remember the kid pulling out the platypus card and saying, "The duck billed platypus has feet like a duck but its furry."

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:51 AM

My sister and I always called the Platypus a "casserole animal" - made out of the leftover bits...

LOVE them!! This guy is now my background picture, in all his adorable weirdness :)

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:51 AM

Sounds like he's peeing.

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:52 AM

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 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 11:56 AM

Hey Constance....what do I win? *bats eyelashes, looking hopeful*

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 12:00 PM

You know who the platty sounds like? Marge Simpson!

Let's just ignore the water sounds, shall we?

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 12:01 PM

I remember fighting furiously with my 7th grade teacher to convince her the platypus was NOT a bird, but a mammal. Of course, this is the same teacher who tried to convince us all that dinosaurs were really the "dragon" and "leviathan" found in the Bible (catholic school).

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 12:07 PM

The subject is on the wrong side of the shirt, but this comes pretty close to being a "Plats and Racks" entry.

Autumn Ward
 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 12:14 PM

Platypus males are only poisonous during mating season. I wrote an excellent paper on them once...

BTW, Kestrien - Behemoth from Job was a dinosaur, Leviathan was a dragon. :-) If you look at the descriptions at least.

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 12:16 PM

FINALLY! Platypus... *strokes bill* I never could find any photos cute enough for CO... ;_; THANK YOU!

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 12:19 PM

Omigawsh! So cute!

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 01:25 PM

Ode to a Platy

Platypoo, Platypie,
Such a furry lil guy,
Wid a bill and a webb
Feets, can I have a try?
At a snorgle on a Plat,
Even better if he's fat,
Can I ruff his little fur,
Or will he spear me wid his spur?
Weel he snap me wid his bill,
And will he really try to kill?
I doan care, Mr. Plat,
Gonna snorgle your fat,
Little Platty Platty
Platty Platty Platty Platty Platty Plat.

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 01:35 PM

So prosh!

 |  Dec 15, 2006 at 01:40 PM

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