HERSHEY, PA – Zookeepers at ZooAmerica are excited over the birth of its first Duck-billed Platypus.
“Our paired platypuses, Dundee and Sue, laid a clutch of three eggs on February 2nd and only one hatched. We will be holding a contest to name the platypus once its sex is determined.” said ZooAmerica spokeswoman Elaine Massey.
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The platypus, sometimes referred to as the duck-billed platypus, is a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. The male platypus has ankle spurs capable of delivering venom. Although powerful enough to kill smaller animals such as dogs, the venom is not lethal to humans, but the pain is so excruciating that the victim may be incapacitated.
The public will be able to see the new platypus starting in mid-March.