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Is the platypus extinct?

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As of 2015, the platypus is not considered extinct. Instead the platypus is actually in "least concern" status by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which implies that they were evaluated to have relatively stable populations.

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In the past people hunted platypuses for their fur, which is what led to conservation efforts to create laws that protect the platypus populations in Australia. While the Platypus is not endangered, it is estimated that the platypus populations are on the decline. This is due in part to drought that have faced Australia, developments of dams, other irrigation projects, as well as increased pollution. Even with these increasingly unfavorable conditions, platypuses have been able to maintain the same population distribution in the areas they inhabit.

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    What are some adaptations of the platypus?

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    The platypus's adaptations include webbed feet and a broad, flat tail that help it swim, thick fur to keep it warm and strong claws to help it dig and move around on land. The platypus also has special receptors in its bill to help it hunt in the dark.

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    How does a platypus act?

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    The platypus spends most of its time either sleeping or foraging for food. Most social behavior involves interactions between potential mates during the breeding season or between a mother platypus and her young.

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    Who discovered the platypus?

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    While Australian aborigines were aware of the platypus long before Europeans came to Australia, Captain John Hunter is usually given credit as the animal's discoverer. He sent a platypus pelt and a sketch of the animal to England in the late 1700s.

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    What is a baby platypus called?

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    There is no official or generally accepted term for a baby platypus. Some people refer to baby platypuses as puggles, but that is more of a nickname than a proper title. Another name commonly used is "platypup."

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