Since that faithful day the platypus has become one of my all time favourite animals. I began collecting platypus dolls, platypus pictures, platypus facts, wrote essays on the platypus for school, etc. There is just something about this shy, odd looking creature that speaks to me. Unfortunately, my Duckles has long since vanished from my bedroom (a terrible accident in the dryer resulted in all his fur being stripped off... at which point I cried until I could cry no more while my mom sneakily threw him in the trash.) But Duckles memory lives on as I try to educate people on how awesome this misunderstood mammal is and how important it is to advocate for the protection of them.
And, hey, isn't the platypus just the cutest, coolest, craziest thing you've ever seen? ;) I definitely think so!