The platypus or duckbilled platypus, as it’s sometimes called not only has a funny name; this animal is unusual in other ways as well!
For starters, it’s a monotreme one of only two mammals that lays eggs. (The other is an echidna.) Most mammals, like humans, don't lay eggs because they give birth to live young.
In addition to its funny-looking bill, or snout, which helps it dig in the water for food like shrimp, the platypus has a tail like a beaver and webbed feet!
It’s called a semi-aquatic mammal, meaning that it spends lot of time in the water, but it doesn’t live there. The webbed feet help it paddle, and its layer of thick, brown fur keeps it warm!