When Europeans first came to Australia, they thought the platypus was a made-up animal! He is a bit strange: he lays eggs, has a duck-bill, a beaver-tail , is poisonous like a snake and has feet like an otter!
He has 40,000 electroreceptors on its bill. What's an electroreceptor, I hear you ask? And who counted 40,000 of them?
Is born with teeth, but these drop out when he is young, leaving plates that grind food.
Can consume his own body weight in food in a 24 hour period. Talk about a full belly !