National Geographic : 1939 Aug
272 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE WHAT IS IT? BIRD, MAMMAL, OR REPTILE? One of the strangest creatures on earth is the little duckbill platypus. It has a birdlike bill, webbed feet with horny claws, and fur and tail suggesting a beaver's. This primitive mammal, like many reptiles, lays eggs. Photographs by Morwell Hodges HIGH-STRUNG "PLATTER-PUSS" GOES FORAGING Found only in Australia and Tasmania, the semiaquatic platypus is extremely shy and wary.