For Green Eyes Only Platypus Rock Pool 
Jenny was walking down the wallaby worn path out the back of Accudale that led to a shadowy opening in the bush.  At the end of the mysterious opening, she saw an inviting rock-pool.  She ran up to it, took off her shoes and stepped onto the soft, wet, mushy moss.  It was a deep but rich green and felt nice and cool under her feet.  Out of the corner of her eye, she saw a tail flicker in the water and she turned her attention to the greeny-blue water that was next to the tall, thin sqiggly gum.

As she looked more closley she found that among the brown squiggles of the tree was a little gecko.  She marveled at its nearly see-through body which was tinged brown in some places.  The gecko was licking its eyes to keep them from drying out when Jenny saw the tail flicker again, the movement from the animal sent ripples gliding across the water.

She reached down through the water that looked like a pane of glass , and caught hold of a slippery slimey and slithery creature that kept struggling to get free of her tight grasp. As she pulled it up, she realised that in her wet cold hands, she had a platypus that had been tangled up in someone's fishing line.

It took some doing, but she eventually untangled it , and was able to release the relieved animal. She felt a happy shiver up her spine as she released the platypus back into its natural environment. She checked her watch and saw it was time to head back to where her parents had dropped her off.

Platypus swimming.
Foamcore board monoprint on coloured paper by Leah.

She put her shoes back on, took a deep breath of the clean air and walked back to where she had come from, even though she did not realise it, she had just saved that platypus from death.

By Leah from Greenbank State School.

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