Platypus populations are under constant threat from pollution, habitat destruction, poor water quality, sediment build up and predators.
Recent long-term surveys found that there are widespread declines of Platypus populations across the east coast of Australia including some local extinctions.
Platypus are particularly vulnerable to getting tangled in litter because of their paddle-like front feet. These are great for swimming but terrible at pulling off objects. If litter gets caught around a platypus's body, it tends to persist for a long time, gradually cutting into the animal's body and causing infections.
A huge range of items have been found to cause serious harm to a platypus, including elastic hair ties, loops of fishing line, loops of twine, tamper-proof food jar seals, a hospital ID bracelet, plastic cable-ties, an engine gasket, a canning jar seal, a child's plastic bracelet and many different plastic loops or rings of unknown origin.
Other contributing factors to the decline of Platypus populations include habitat loss and fragmentation, consumption of rubbish (hair ties, plastic), yabby traps, water pollution and predation by introduced animals (dogs, foxes).
Climate change is an accelerating threat as it is impacting waterway flows, water temperature and general river health.
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