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Ann Ingalls is a children’s author with over 30 books in print or forthcoming. She enjoys travel, cooking, yoga, and playing cards with friends.

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I have always been intrigued by the platypus but never more than when I visited Sydney, Australia and saw one inches from my fingers at the Sydney Aquarium. I stood transfixed for 30 minutes or more, just watching it and its relatives swim and dive.

A Poem

Platypus makes a leafy nest.

Burrows near roots of trees work best.

Puggles lap up their mother’s milk,

Snuggle in fur that feels like silk

Winking their eyes and slapping tails,

Mammals make moonlit splashy trails.

Sun goes down and they come alive.

Dark duck-billed babies roll and dive.