Posted by: travelrat | December 13, 2010


Firstly, I have to say that ‘Barak’ is NOT named after a certain American politician. He’s been at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, in Brisbane, for twelve years now … long before his namesake was ever heard of. The name is actually an Aboriginal word; they did tell us what it meant, but I’ve forgotten.

Barak is the first live platypus I’ve ever seen, captive or otherwise. We did see some bubbles that we think were made by a platypus at Rocky River, on Kangaroo Island back in 2003. But, the Ranger did say that, since the river was full owing to recent rain, it was unlikely we would see the creature itself. The beer-bellied ocker crashing down the track, bellowing for his wife and kids didn’t help, either!

Here he is, then … only a short clip, but he doesn’t do much more than swim around being a platypus, anyway.


  1. Hi Keith,
    A small video but that is all you need. Aren’t they wonderful looking animals or I should say mammals. When I was a kid, I used to see the Platypus all the time, when we used to go on a picnic or whatever, you would see them as clear as day in the shallow creeks.

    Did you know, that the male Platypus has a spur on his hind foot, filled with venom. Very painful indeed if you get “stung” by one. The Platypus is also on our 20 cent coin.

    • Yes, I knew about the spur … isn’t it the ONLY venomous mammal? Caused early biologists to thing they’d found the Missing Link … and the Royal Society to think they were being spoofed!

  2. Hi Keith,
    I’m really not sure, I had a look around, but couldn’t find a reference to that, this is what is in Wikipedia, a very interesting read.

  3. Awww. He’s gorgeous. I thought Barak was an aboriginal King but I’m not really sure. Either way – he makes a very cute platypus!

    • Did you maybe get confused by a king called Barak in the Old Testament? 🙂

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