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Aussie Emu,s recent expedition, saw Ana and I visiting the mountainous country of Healesville in Southern Victoria.
One of the reasons for the visit, was to show Ana two of Australia,s unique animals close up and in real life, they were the Platypus and the Tasmanian devil.
To see the platypus in its natural habitat, you would have to travel the cold mountain streams of Victoria and have patience, I recall my younger days, wading the cold mountain streams for hours after the elusive trout, and coming across a quiet backwater, where I would sit quietly for an hour or so , and watch a family of platypus playing, the adults would float on top of the water, they really look like some prehistoric animal. When Australia was first settled by the British, specimens of the platypus were sent back to England, Australia was rubbished in the newspapers for fraud, the British actually believed we had taken the parts of about five different animals to create this weird species. The platypus has a bill like a duck, and a tail like a flipper.
Circumstances did not permit us the pleasure of searching for the elusive creature in the high mountain streams, so we opted for seeing the animal in the Healesville sanctuary, a sanctuary for the care and preservation of Australian animals, especially endangered species.
I recall back in 1971 when I returned from Vietnam, I was posted to the army base that abutted onto the sanctuary, in 1972 we got a request from the sanctuary administrators, asking if we could refrain from all aerial training, ie helicopters , as they were trying to breed the platypus for the first time in captivity. We naturally obliged, and witnessed the birth of the first of these beautiful weird creatures in captivity.
The Tasmanian devil is a native of its state of origin, Tasmania, an island of the coast of Victoria but still a part of Australia. It has been the victim of a disease that is seeing the animal declining in its original habitat, but great conservation efforts has seen this cycle reversed.
The Tasmanian devil is about the size of a rabbit. I has extremely sharp teeth for tearing into raw flesh, it also makes a noise at night that will make your blood run cold.
I have enclosed a couple of pictures of the platypus and the Tasmanian devil, the pictures are the best I could take under the circumstances.
The last picture is of my beloved trout, taken from my secret fishing spot high up in the mountains.
Regards to all