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Platypus

A Platypus.

A platypus was an animal found in Australia and Tasmania. The animal is unique, a mammal, but one that laid eggs and had a bill.

It was classified as a marsupial. (NF novel: Restoration)

Bajor had no animal that resembled the platypus. (DS9 novel: Original Sin)

HistoryEdit

In 2228 on Elysium, Christopher Pike spotted an animal that had the bill of a platypus along with the features of a rat and a kangaroo. (TOS novel: Burning Dreams)

In the 2260s, an animal epidemic on Earth wiped out the platypus and several other wildlife species. The USS Enterprise was assigned to retrieve representatives of those species living on other worlds in order to repopulate them on Earth. The Enterprise crew brought back members of the platypus species, along with bear, camel, chimpanzee, hippopotamus, kangaroo, leopard, parrot, rhinoceros, turtle, tiger and zebra. (TOS comic: "A Book to Color, third story")

In 2370, Q claimed to have created the platypus. (TNG novel: Q-Squared)

In 2376, in an attempt to clear his mind during a life-threatening situation, Mark McHenry calculated pi, retconned a solution to plot contradictions in a series of novels, and wondered about the origin of the platypus. He considered the ramifications of whether a higher power had created the animal as a joke: who would it have done it, and what did it say about the nature of the universe. (NF novel: Requiem)

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