John T. Willis

Sunday, October 25, 2009


In eastern Australia and Tasmania, there is a very unique animal called the Platypus. This is a semi-aquatic mammal. It is one of five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young.
The technical term of the platypus is Ornithorhynchus anatinus, a Latin term meaning "bird snout duck-like."

Europeans first learned of the platypus in 1798, and were baffled by this egg-laying, venomous, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed animal. The male platypus has a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venom capable of causing severe pain to humans. The platypus appeared as a mascot at national events and is featured on the reverse of the Australian 20 cent coin. The platypus is the animal emblem of the state of New South Wales.

At first, naturalists thought the platypus was a fraud or a hoax. Some assumed a duck's beak was sewn onto the body of a beaver-like animal. But the platypus is another READ creature made by God. The body and the broad-flat tail of the Platypus are covered with dense brown fur that traps a layer of insulating air to keep the animal warm. The Platypus uses its tail for storage of fat reserves. The webbing of the Platypus is more important on the front feet and is folded back when walking on land. Unlike a bird's beak, the snout of the Platypus is a sensory organ with the mouth on the underside. The nostrils are located on the dorsal surface of the snout, while the eyes and ears are located in the groove set just back from it, this groove is closed when swimming.

The Platypus weighs between 1.5 to 5:3 pounds, and is between 17 and 20 inches long.

Our God is a very diverse creature. God is so creative. Each animal, each plant, each planet, each star, EACH PERSON is unique. What a mighty God we serve!!!

I hope YOU appreciate and respect the Platypus. But much more than this, I hope YOU stand in awe of the CREATOR of the Platypus, and all his creations.

How do YOU react? Share YOUR thoughts with others. Let me hear from YOU.

John Willis


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