What is that strange creature?! The duck-billed platypus is one of nature’s unlikeliest animals. With a bill and webbed feet like a duck, a tail like a beaver, and the body and fur like an otter, the first scientists to examine this species thought they were the victims of a hoax! Even stranger, this carnivore native to Australia reproduces by laying eggs! It is one of two mammals in nature known to do so.

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