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Platapusu's in captivity

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  1. pachyderm pro

    pachyderm pro Well-Known Member

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    I have noticed their is no zoo or aquarium outside of Australia to house a platapus. does any one no the reason for this?
     
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    Sorry mate. I'm pretty sure there isn't a single zoo or aquarium in Australia that has a Platapusu. They are about as hard to keep in captivity as a Bunyip or Yowie. You're better off seeking out Drop Bears. There's heaps of them and a ripper of a good display.
     
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    pachyderm pro Well-Known Member

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    Actually the Taranga and Melbourne zoo keeps them and so do dome Australian Aquariums.
     
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    Nobody keeps a "Platapusu" or a "platapus"; Taronga (sic) Zoo as well as a few other Australian institutions keep specimens of the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus); you might wanna work on your spelling...
     
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    The are plenty of platypi in captivity inside Australia the is David Fleay wildlife park, Toranga Zoo and Melbourne zoo. Also technecially aren't hard to care for they just need heaps of maintenance. Probably the hardest part of keep a platypus would that they have to clean there burrows out every 2-3 days. Also trying to keep up the vast amount of food these guys eat. I know at David Fleay wildlife park the feed at least around 60 worms and around 20 yabbies and there are also around 60 or so feeder fish in the tank at all times. I know at David Fleay's they have a large half water tank out the back of the nocturnal house filled with about 80 yabbies. I also know they get knew shipments of yeabbies every 5-7 days.
     
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    some young people here really need to work on their understanding of dry humour and/or sarcasm.
     
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    We shall slowly train them as the years go by. We can all help with the rearing of juvenile ZooChatters. :)
     
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    The only problem is drop bears require live food. That's is why they are so rare in captivity as nearly all captive drop bears have been released as the Australian animal ethics committee (AAEC) has banned them in most zoos as the AAEC has banned most live food items except for insects and feeder fish. The drop bears were being feed live chickens and calfs so the AAEC took many zoos to court claiming that the live prey items suffered. The AAEC one in every case except the "Melbourne zoo drop bear scandal" Melbourne zoo is the only place in the world which can legally house drop bears in captivity. A total of 15 individuals are housed there 13 of which were captured during a collecting trip in 2003. Melbourne zoo sadly however holds them off display...
     
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    And work on their spelling.
     
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    quite apart for all the other spelling issues, so far we have had platapusu, platapus, platipie, and even platypus. Yay for the last one!
     
  13. jbnbsn99

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    Isn't there an age limit on the site?
     
  14. gerenuk

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    Indeed, but that's because they have all them Greenies down there. Queensland Parks & Wildlife doesn't like to be told what to do from Canberra (at least that is what I've been told). There's heaps of drop bears in carers' hands and a few in private Queensland zoos. It was explained to me that they tie roadkill wallabies to a quad bike with a long rope and get the drop bears to eat that way.
     
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    Platypi is the correct plural word for platypus so it's YOU who needs to work on you spelling.
     
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    Ahh yes the good old quad bike... Only problem is one or two keepers have been killed while driving the quad bikes... RIP Mark Rarty who a drop bear keeper at Melbourne zoo but was attacked and eaten on the 6th of January 2006:(
     
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    A lower age limit of 13, which a lot of members have ignored in order to join :p some of whom are open about the fact!
     
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    1a) The first word you are trying to write is "platypi"
    1b) Said word is incorrect; the plural is "platypuses"
    2) The second word you are trying to write is "their"
     
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    no, it is not. There is no such word as "platipie".
     
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    Actually, the correct spelling is Platypodes, though Platypuses is equally acceptable. Platypi (the correct spelling) is not considered correct as it puts a Latin ending on a Greek root.
     
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