Photography by Darren Jew
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The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)
The unusual appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, with some considering it an elaborate hoax. It is one of the few venomous mammals, the male platypus has a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venom capable of causing severe pain to humans.