14 October 2013

It was a reunion with a difference when a family who found a near-death Platypus puggle more than two years ago came together again to see the happy and healthy Platypus.

Little Yamacoona (Wurundjeri for "water spirit"), weighed only 335 grams when she arrived at Healesville  Sanctuary in a critical condition in January 2011. She was miraculously found by the Ellis family at Raymond Island floating in saltwater about four kilometres from the mouth of the Mitchell River.

Yamacoona was cared for by the veterinary team and Platypus experts at Healesville Sanctuary. She had drank a lot of sea water, and was severely dehydrated. She had to be tube-fed then slowly weaned. Eventually she was taken off the critical list.

“Now, at three years of age, Yamacoona has been reunited with the kind family who rescued her,” Healesville Sanctuary’s Director Glen Holland said.

The Ellis family experienced a Wade with Yamacoona the Platypus, giving her a tummy tickle today.

“We are very proud of being a part of Yami's story although we only did what anyone else would have done,” Mum Anita Ellis said. “The staff at the Sanctuary are the ones who have done an amazing job nursing and raising her.”

Healesville Sanctuary is the only place in the world people can wade with a Platypus. For further information, visit Wade with the Platypus

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