Platypus takes a 9-mile ride in driver's engine bay
A motorist in Australia has unwittingly given one of the stranger creatures on this planet the ride of its life after a platypus was discovered wedged in an engine bay of a vehicle in Australia earlier this week.
The female platypus reportedly climbed into the engine bay of the car as it attempted to traverse a flooded river crossing south of Canberra late on Wednesday this week.
The semi aquatic mammal sat tight in the engine compartment for more than 9-miles before the driver parked up and heard some strange scratching noises emanating from the bonnet of the car.
Cameron Blaseotto, who was driving the vehicle, said he: "originally thought a possum or something was going to jump out at both of us", he told Australian broadcaster ABC.
He then revealed that he and his co-passenger had a 'bit of an argument' over who would be brave enough to open the bonnet and reveal the true source of the strange noises.
Upon discovering the platypus amongst the workings of his vehicle, Mr Blaseotto quickly phoned the territory's Parks and Conservation Service who quickly sent someone out to deal with the situation.
"Our urban wildlife rangers get calls ranging from snakes in houses to quolls (a carnivorous marsupial) in trees, but this was definitely one of our most unusual calls," Regional Operations Manager Brett McNamara said.
"There's obviously many moving parts within an engine bay and given platypus have claws there is not much to hang onto," he said.
"How this animal was able to climb up inside, hang on, and then drive all the way back into Canberra is a truly remarkable story."
Thankfully, the female platypus was in perfect health after the ordeal and was returned to her home the following morning.