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Platypus population ‘under severe stress' as waterways dry up amid bush fires

One year ago   |   By Metro

Platypus are struggling as their waterways dry up across Australia (Picture:
Conservationists have been racing to save platypus in Australia after their dwindling waterways were worsened by bush fires.
Experts say the animals' existence is now under ‘severe stress', with river beds previously drying up due to drought, while land clearing destroyed their habitats.
They are currently classified as ‘near threatened' by the International Union for Conservation of Nature .
In December, seven of the semi-aquatic species were rescued from ponds amid bush fires in the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve...
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