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A Platypus Named Percy Was Rescued From A Stormwater Drain

Hooray for Percy!

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A Platypus was found in a stormwater drain by a Queensland Rail security guard at a train station in Caboolture, Australia, on Wednesday.

After rescuing the curious little duck-billed, egg-laying mammal, Queensland Rail staff named him Percy.

Then one of Queensland Rail's off-duty train controllers took Percy to the Australia Zoo, where he received a checkup.

The zoo told ABC that Percy was in good health and was safely released back into the wild later on.

According to a statement from the Australia Zoo, Percy measured just short of a ruler.

“We’re very pleased that Percy was brought in with no obvious injuries and that we do not need to prolong his release back into the wild,” Dr. Rosie Booth said in the statement.

Courtesy of the Australia Zoo

Percy was placed in a creek popular with other platypuses, far away from train tracks and any other hazards.

Courtesy of the Australia Zoo

"Percy was keen to explore his new surroundings and barrelled out of his transportation container with gusto," the statement said.

Courtesy of the Australia Zoo

Good luck, Percy! Stay out of storm drains!

Courtesy of the Australia Zoo


This post has been updated with more adorable photos of Percy.

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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