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The Oldest Known Platypus In The World Is 24-Years-Old, A Remarkable Feat For A Mammal That Typically Has A Life Expectancy Of Up To 12 Years In The Wild

Ash - stock.adobe.com - illustrative purposes only, not the actual platypus

In November 2000, a one-year-old male platypus found in Melbourne was tagged as part of a scientific survey.

More than two decades later, that same platypus was discovered once again, except now, he was 24-years-old! He is the oldest known wild platypus in the world.

Previously, the platypus that held the title was a 21-year-old female found in the wilderness of New South Wales. Usually, a platypus that is not being raised in captivity has a life expectancy between 10 and 12 years.

Geoff Williams, a biologist at the Australian Platypus Conservancy, was the one who had seen the animal all those years ago.

In the wild, platypuses encounter a lot of barriers to their survival, such as pollution, habitat loss, floods, and climate change.

They also have to protect their eggs from a long list of predators, including hawks, eagles, snakes, Tasmanian devils, and dingoes.

In addition, male platypuses will attack each other using venomous spurs to compete for female mates during breeding season.

With all the threats they must watch out for, it’s amazing to come across a platypus that has lived such a long life.

The area where the record-breaking platypus was detected is called Monbulk Creek. It’s small and secluded, making it difficult for predators to access.

Ash – stock.adobe.com – illustrative purposes only, not the actual platypus

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