Platypus survives trip in truck engine
A young platypus has survived a nine-mile (15km) journey wedged in the engine of a truck.
It became stuck in the engine bay of Cameron Blaseotto's vehicle as he drove through a flooded creek in the Australian capital Canberra.
Mr Blaseotto, 18, only realised the furry critter was there when he heard a scratching sound coming from his truck once he reached his friend's house.
ACT Parks and Conservation Service's Brett McNamara said it was remarkable the platypus was not hurt.
"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," he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
"One of a kind, a one in a million event."
Mr Blaseotto affectionately nicknamed the animal Hilux, after the brand of his vehicle.
Hilux has been released into a stream in Canberra.
"I'd like to think that it's heading back to its burrow to tell a remarkable and fascinating tale of adventure," Mr McNamara said.