Wednesday 12 November 2014 was a very special day for our oldest Platypus at Healesville Sanctuary - Fleay turned 21 years old!
Fleay came into the collection as a baby in 1993 and has been the feature display in World of Platypus for the past 21 years.
It is thought that Platypus in the wild live to about 15 years but in captivity they can live into their early 20s.
Leo the Echidna puggle tested fate when he was found at only a month old in a garden bed in Badger Creek. Luckily for Leo, he was brought straight to Healesville Sanctuary’s Australian Wildlife Health Centre and was given a fighting chance to survive.