Friday, April 24, 2009
Yes yes ya'll. We have done it. Finally, Freekugly has selected its mascot. After reviewing as many animals that we could think of and look up, we came across one of the ugliest, or shall I say weirdest animals out there. Yup, you got it, a platypus. I don't know how familiar you are with this species, but I always thought it was interesting and completely trippy. It's like four animals in one...yeesh! We now introduce you to Percy the Pessimistic Platypus. You will most definitely be seeing more of him in one form or another. Before I leave you, here are a couple of facts about the everloving platypus. Learn something! The Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is a semi-aquatic mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. It is the sole living representative of its family (Ornithorhynchidae) and genus (Ornithorhynchus), though a number of related species have been found in the fossil record.
The bizarre appearance of this egg-laying, venomous, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, with some considering it an elaborate fraud. It is one of the few venomous mammals; the male Platypus has a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venom capable of causing severe pain to humans. The unique features of the Platypus make it an important subject in the study of evolutionary biology and a recognisable and iconic symbol of Australia