The platypus is a very strange creature indeed! They are duck-billed, beaver-tailed, and otter-footed to start with. They are also one go only two mammals to lay eggs rather than have live babies.
The Platypus is unique to Australia and like many Australian animals the male Platypus is also venomous - a venomous mammal! The sharp stingers on the heels of their hind feet can deliver a strong toxic blow.
The platypus is a bottom-feeder hunting for insects, shellfish, and worms underwater in streams and estuaries. The watertight nostrils on its bill remain sealed so that the animal can stay submerged for up to two minutes. The Platypus doesn't have any teeth, so the platypus stores its "catch" in its cheek pouches, returns to the surface, mashes up its meal with the help of small stones.
Australia reveres this remarkable mammal so much that it honours the platypus with a place on its 20 cent coin.
Inspired by the amazing work being done by the World Wildlife Fund to help endangered animals, we have designed a small selection of bracelets for kids, although adults too love to wear them. Each of our WWF inspired bracelets has red and white bands symbolising a call for 'help' by the animals symbolised by the bracelet and uses a single vibrant colour to depict the spirit of the endangered animal. We will continuously add to this set over time and begin with five bright, beautiful, and critically endangered animals. Remember every time you plant 10 trees with a Band of Courage, you're not only removing over 220 Kilograms (480 pounds)of Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere, you are helping to rebuild animal habitats - forests.
Handmade with glass beads, this adjustable bracelet will fit any wrist between 13 cm and 24 cm in diameter.
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Planting Trees to highlight the WWF's Report published today that wildlife populations have dropped by 69% since 1970!