A collection of platypuses could be referred to as a “paddle,” but there isn’t an official collective noun for this mammal because it usually lives alone. Animals that frequently appear in groups are typically given collective nouns, such as a herd of cattle or a pride of lions.

Additionally, there is no recognised term for a young platypus. This may be because people don’t often see baby platypus when they initially appear in the wild. Because they lack anatomical characteristics that would make them easily identifiable as adults, they can also be exceedingly challenging to differentiate from platypuses of adult size. A baby platypus has all of its characteristics and fur fully developed and defined at just 3 or 4 months old; they are just slightly smaller. But some zookeepers now refer to young platypuses as “puggles.” However, this is a general phrase for any animal in its infancy period and is not intended to particularly refer to young platypuses. When referring to the word “platypus,” the plural form “platypuses” is used. According to the Australian Platypus Conservatory, the name “anthropodes” might also be used; however, it is not a term that is frequently used.

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