Weird Fact: Part Nine: Duckbill platypus is poisonous

Karim Giblett By Karim Giblett, 16th May 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/4a9wk_--/
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Poisonous Males

Ok ok now this is going to sound weird because most of you are probably under the impression that mammals do not produce poison and for the most part you are right, there are few if any venomous mammals on our planet and the duck bill Platypus is one of these venomous rascals.

How and Why

Only the male duck bill Platypus have a venomous stinger on their hind legs and mature adults of the species are able to secrete this venom. I told Pirate...I mean lawyer Steve never to touch one but he did so anyways and ended up spending the day in hospital.
The venom as far as doctors can tell is not deadly but it causes EXTREME pain in its victim and it seems to activates the pain receptors all across the afflicted area as well as extreme swelling.
Now only a hand full of people have been affected by these cute and poisonous animals and of those only one victim has died within a day but it was unclear whether the death was caused by infection or the venom itself.
So remember kids when you see an adorable duck bill Platypus LEAVE IT ALONE!!! Otherwise I will unleash One Eye Joe on you.

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Karim Giblett was born in the Hounslow Middlesex. He is a young author who battled Dyslexia for years before overcoming it at the age of twelve and within two years he started writing his first book.

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23rd Jun 2014 (#)

Quite interesting facts. Thanks for sharing.

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