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Emu Expedition– In search of the Platypus

07 Dec

Greetings my wordpress friends.

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

Cheers

Emu

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18 responses to “Emu Expedition– In search of the Platypus

  1. natswans

    December 22, 2013 at 07:00

    Oh must have missed this one Ian, they are strange little creatures..but they truly amazing. Glad you had that wonderful experience Ian. Trout yummy my fav dish!
    All the very best Ian
    Hugs
    Sheila

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    • aussieian2011

      December 22, 2013 at 07:00

      Hi Sheila, thanks for the visit and comment.
      I must admit that I enjoy eating trout as much as I like catching them.
      Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a great new year.
      Ian

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  2. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    December 15, 2013 at 07:00

    You say “we naturally obliged” but you know Ian, I’m just not sure all Army posts would – some nations, you know. I find it endearing and beautiful that they cared. A lovely post of memories, & gorgeous platypus 🙂

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    • aussieian2011

      December 15, 2013 at 07:00

      Agree Noeleen, it was a great experience, as the army soldiers in the camp were invited to be the first to witness the new babys swimming with their mother.
      Cheers
      Ian

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  3. Michiko Johnson

    December 9, 2013 at 07:00

    Hi Ian!
    I love trout to eat so much as you know I’am from Japan I like so much with all fish,,,
    The Tasmanian devil was not good looking that way I belives …
    Have a nice day!
    Michiko

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    • aussieian2011

      December 10, 2013 at 07:00

      Hi Michiko, hope you are doing well and in great health.
      You really would love our Australian trout, it tastes great.
      The last one I had, I steamed it with garlic and herbs, it was delicious.
      I also like it pan fried as it gives the skin a lovely texture.
      Wishing you a beautiful Christmas my friend.
      Ian

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  4. prenin

    December 8, 2013 at 07:00

    Thanks for these Ian! 🙂

    I loved the Platypus when I was a kid, especially the fact the male is the only venomous mammal on the planet! 🙂

    What’s happening with the Tasmanian Devil is horrible and I’m glad that they are reversing the decline of this species! 🙂

    I can’t eat trout after a bad bone experience when I was a kid – whatever dad caught we had to eat – but they are a beautiful sight! 🙂

    Glad you were able to introduce Ana to them, I’m sure she was fascinated! 🙂

    God Bless my friend! 🙂

    Prenin.

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    • aussieian2011

      December 8, 2013 at 07:00

      Good morning Prenin, Sunday here and we are in for a very hot summers day.
      Was weird last week with two days of deluge that caused flooding in the streets, and after that the temperatures skyrocketed, back to 39.
      Ana enjoyed her visit to see the platypus and devil and we both ate the last of the trout yesterday, steamed trout with a tinge of garlic and lemon, beautiful.
      Wishing you well my friend.
      Ian

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  5. cat

    December 8, 2013 at 07:00

    I loved the pics, and especially the trout … mmmh, yummy … how do you prepare this fish, Ian? I will be right over to have a taste … if I may … smiles … Love, cat.

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    • aussieian2011

      December 8, 2013 at 07:00

      Hi Cat, lovely to hear from you, glad you enjoyed that post, trout is beautiful either steamed or grilled with a little garlic.
      I used to catch it and cook it over an open fire while sitting on the river bank, the aroma and freshness was pure heaven.
      Wishing you well girl.
      Cheers
      Ian

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  6. gpcox

    December 8, 2013 at 07:00

    For some reason, I thought the Taz was already extinct. I am absolutely thrilled to see that it not only lives, but is beginning to thrive once again. I’ve never seen a platypus, other than pictures, that must be quite an experience.

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    • aussieian2011

      December 8, 2013 at 07:00

      Thanks for the visit, glad you enjoyed my post, the Tasmanial devil is not extinct, its the Tasmanian tiger that is extinct, last one died in the 50s in a zoo, but many Tasmanian farmers still report sightings of it up in the mountains.
      Regards
      Ian

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      • gpcox

        December 8, 2013 at 07:00

        Wouldn’t it be great if the farmers were right!

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        • aussieian2011

          December 9, 2013 at 07:00

          Was plenty of evidence to prove it when I lived in Tasmania for ten years.
          One day it will be found.
          Regards
          Ian

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  7. Clowie

    December 8, 2013 at 07:00

    It must be fantastic to see a creature like the platypus playing in the wild! I never imagined the Tasmanian devil was so small. He doesn’t look as fearsome as the name implies either!

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    • aussieian2011

      December 8, 2013 at 07:00

      Good morning Clowie, hope all is going well with you, and you are in great health.
      It is a beautiful experience to see the platypus in its natural environment.
      The Tasmanian devil is about the size of a cat, but their mouths are wide and their teeth are razor sharp and long.
      Its the noise they make at night that really is scary.
      Wishing you a beautiful Sunday Clowie.
      Ian

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  8. einfachtilda

    December 8, 2013 at 07:00

    ♥ ♥

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    • aussieian2011

      December 8, 2013 at 07:00

      Wishing you a beautiful Sunday and lots of love my friend.
      Ian

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