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9 May 2013

The vet team at Healesville Sanctuary worked overnight to save this baby Platypus found with a rubber band around its neck in Brushy Creek, Croydon. Sadly, vets believe the baby male had also been attacked, possibly by a dog.

Melbourne Water’s Urban Platypus Program’s autumn survey has revealed the number of Platypus has increased around Melbourne’s waterways.

“Although an increase in the population is great news, pollution and rubbish is a big threat to Platypus and other wildlife, particularly in urban areas,” Healesville Sanctuary’s Senior Platypus Keeper, Jessica Thomas said.

“When rubber bands, hair ties and other plastics get washed off our roads and car parks, thousands of animals suffer from entanglement and ingestment, with only a small proportion ever found.  Remember to put your rubbish in the bin to help save our species.”

Vets will continue to monitor the baby Platypus’s progress and are hopeful the little guy will recover and be able to be released back to the wild.

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