8th November - 11th November 2016
Next up in our study of Australian animals is the wonderfully iconic platypus! When you begin to research such a creature, you can see what a truly unique creature it is! We began the study with indigenous dreamtime story “how the Platypus was born”. This story explains the belief of the indigenous people as to why the platypus looks so strange!
We learnt that Platypus (surprisingly) have a small gland behind their feet that secretes venom! The reason for the Platypus thick fur is to keep them warm when they are underwater. But the bill is not furry at all! It is rubbery. The platypus, just like rabbits, dig themselves a burrow, but unlike rabbits, their burrow is deep underwater! In their burrow is where the eggs are laid. We found out that the Platypus eat ......... MEAT! Fish with shells, insects and worms! We now know that a group of Platypus is “platypi”
We have also watched a video of platypus swimming and hunting for food and marveled at the way a Platypus moves so well through the water, thanks to their webbed feet. The teachers expected it might be a tricky task to represent the odd shapes of the platypus, yet as per usual our Possums have amazed us with their creative skills!