When’s the last time you thought about the Platypus?

It’s been awhile, we’re sure.

Today here at Ever Widening Circles (EWC), we’re learning a little bit more about the animal whose entire existence begs the question: How?

You’ve heard of them and maybe, depending on where you live, a few have even crossed your path. You may have noticed that the platypus does things a little differently than what we’re used to seeing.

These duck-billed creatures from Australia, that lay eggs and yet are still mammals are a confusing and wonderful part of the natural world. They, along with their relatives the Echidna, show us what the early origins of mammal life may have looked like.

Here’s the Smithsonian with more…

The Platypus and Us

We, humans, are definitely not platypus.

But I guess don’t really need to tell you that. Even with that unsurprising truth, we’re more similar to them than we may have thought!

We’re all connected by the innate drive to survive on our earth, and it’s amazing to witness how other beings are making that happen! Life, no matters the complexities of its environment finds a way.

Perhaps the lesson we can take away from the platypus is that everyone is different, and you may not understand why this is the route they’ve taken, but as it’s said, “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it”.

Keep yourself open to new possibilities and happiness will stay nearby!

-Sam

Plata-bonus!

If you want a closer look at the platypus, it’s strange teeth, it’s poisonous–yes you read that right, poisonous–spines. Here’s a video of one of our favorite YouTube creators, Emily Graslie from The Brain Scoop, encountering a platypus specimen for the first time.

If only we could all be so excited about our jobs!

*Emily’s encounter with the platypus, in particular, ends at about 2 minutes, but if you want to see how Chicago’s Field Museum maintains its thousands of animal specimens feel free to keep watching!

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Notes:

  1. “Rare Footage of Baby Platypuses Hatching.” YouTube. Smithsonian Channel, 12 Feb. 2015. Web. 16 June 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5Y2h5zjpWU>.
  2. “Chicago Adventure, Part Five: The Platypus, The Skin, & The Cold.” YouTube. The Brain Scoop, 08 July 2013. Web. 05 July 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajNN7rXUQvI>.

Samantha Burns

Executive Assistant, Staff Writer

Samantha is a listener, creator, collector of knick knacks and lover of most, if not all, types of cheese.