|Platypus Rock Pool|
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.
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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