A Platypus and Cormorant bird Attack each other #Video

Me holding a stuffed Platypus at Taronga Zoo.

A Platypus and a Cormorant bird attack each other, now is that a good headline for a post or what?

Often when I film my travel videos I capture things and moments that are unplanned, and are often sometimes happy accidents or case of me being in the right place at the right time. While on the Nura Diya aboriginal tour at Taronga Zoo in Sydney last week I had one of those moments.

Our tour guide Sonny brought us to one of the few areas where you can see Platypus in the zoo and mentioned that they are rare to see where we were and at that time of day but we would be lucky if we did. We hung around for a while hoping to see one and then all of a sudden we saw this crazy interaction between a Platypus and Cormorant bird.

At first it appeared the Cormorant was attacking and being mean to the Platypus but then the Platypus got the upper hand. It was pretty funny to watch and the Platypus in general was just cool to see because they are so unique.

Watch the video and tell me what you think! Do you have any “right place at the right time” stories to share?

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Platypus Facts:

  • Both male and female are born with ankle spurs however only the males contain venom. The venom is enough to kill a small animal like a dog and cause immense pain in humans.
  • When Europeans first came across the Platypus that was furry, lived on land and in the water, laid eggs, had flippers and a duck bill they thought it was a joke and that someone had just sewn bits of different animals together.
  • Milk for baby Platypus is secreted through the mothers skin as they don’t possess teats.
  • They are the only non-extinct mammal that lays eggs


Filmed with a Nikon D5100 using a 17-55mm lens.

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  • Reply
    Brock - Backpack With Brock
    May 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    What a cute little guy! Amazing video as well!

    • Reply
      May 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      haha thanks Brock! :)

  • Reply
    David - GeoPosted
    April 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Platypuses (or should that be platypi? :-) ) are awesome. On our trip to Australia, we put in a special stop at Eungella NP for a chance to see some in the wild. It’s off the tourist track, but you get a high likelihood of seeing one or more in return.

    • Reply
      May 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      Good question David!
      I’ve never heard of that place, but I would love to see them in wild, I will have to visit again!

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    Alexa Meisler
    April 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    That was fun to watch! Also, thank you for the platypus facts! I had no idea that the male ones with ankle spurs had venom in them! I better be on the lookout for that. Great post!

    • Reply
      May 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      You should look out for that for sure Alexa!

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    April 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    You had me at “platypus.”

    • Reply
      May 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      haha aren’t they cute Abby?! I would love one as a pet as long as it wasn’t venomous haha

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