Two Australian police officers are currently on the lookout for two suspects in the alleged theft of a platypus.
It was believed that the animal had been taken from Moreton in Queensland on Tuesday, 4 April at 11:01 AM.
The towel was wrapped around the animal and it was carried by one of two people to board a train at Morayfield Station.
Police believed they were headed towards Caboolture when footage captured the platypus being petted by commuters.
Scott Knowles, Queensland Police, stated that the police reported that they showed it to passengers on the train and allowed them to pat it.
“The concern would be about some of the diseases people might have that could impact the animal and vice versa.”
Mister Knowles said that someone had spoken with the pair and stated that they planned to release the vehicle after it was discovered on the road.
The Department of Environment and Science is urging police and the Department of Science to urge the couple to surrender the platypus as soon as possible. There are concerns that it could become ill, die, or get a disease.
It may also have venomous spurs that can inflict injury on people.
A penalty of up to $431 250 (PS231,745) can be imposed for the unlawful taking of platypuses from their natural habitat.