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A cautionary tale for all

Focus On Fauna

Recently a good friend of mine rang up with an interesting question. Friends of hers had found a Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) wandering along the side of the road apparently ‘miles away from water’. Knowing my friend to be a keen naturalist they had picked it up, put it in a tub and were bringing it over to her. The question was “what to do now?”

It is probably a question that has plagued many of us at one time or another. I know of many people who, with the best of intentions, have rescued a turtle or frog they had seen on the road and introduced it to their farm dam or local stream. Unfortunately there is no reference I know of that explains the correct thing to do with wandering wildlife.

The conclusion that we came to after considerable discussion was that as far as…

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2 thoughts on “A cautionary tale for all”

  1. Where do you live. There’s a lot of animals around. We only have stray dogs and crows here. The only platypus I ever saw was in the cartoon Phineas and Ferb.

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