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Rare footage of a fierce rumble between two platypuses has emerged from Tasmania, one of the Down Under strongholds for this wondrously weird little semiaquatic mammal known for its duck-like “bill.”
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Esme Atkinson captured and shared the video via Instagram describing the showdown as a “Platypus fight club!. According to The Guardian, she spotted the contestants along the water’s edge near a dam on the farm where she works in northern Tasmania and watched the pugilistic proceedings for some 20 minutes. “They did not let up in the time I was there, I could have stayed for longer but felt I was imposing,” Atkinson’s quoted as saying.
The tussle she filmed is a vigorous one, to say the least, with much thrashing and grappling along the shoreline. Uncommon to actually spy though it might be (as the retiring, mainly nocturnal platypus is in general), the fight has a clear-cut explanation: It likely represents a territorial match between two male platypuses keen on spending some quality time with receptive females.
As the late-winter and spring breeding season approaches, male platypuses generally get more aggressive. And this mounting feistiness coincides with enhancement of their primary weapon, one that sets them apart from nearly all other mammals (and seems incongruous for such a cuddly-looking little bugger): a venomous spur on both of their hindlegs.
This time of year, the spurs enlarge, and the glands that supply them beef up venom production. (Female platypuses boast a vestigial spur structure when young, but it doesn’t deliver venom and usually falls off within their first year.)
Although it’s possible venomous spurs originally evolved as a defensive weapon – they land a very painful, though non-fatal, wound in humans – biologists believe their primary function in the male platypus these days is for duking it out over breeding territory and access to females. The spur can be “cocked” at a right angle to the hindleg when the platypus is ready to deliver a venom-barbed kick.
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Male platypuses are commonly observed during the breeding season bearing spur wounds, although it appears that envenomation during these battles mainly just results in injury and perhaps temporary paralysis, not (typically) death.
Atkinson told The Guardian she saw what she believed to be one of the two platypus warriors the day after filming the showdown: “He was on the dam spending a lot of time on his back scratching. He must have been itchy from his war wounds.”
Platypuses occupy their own singular family within the monotremes, the eccentric order of egg-laying mammals that also includes four species of echidna. (Male echidnas, by the by, also have hindleg spurs, but they’re not venomous.)
Restricted to the rivers of the eastern Australian mainland, mainly east of the Great Dividing Range, as well as most of Tasmania, platypuses are classed as “Near Threatened” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and have declined in many parts of their limited range. Habitat destruction and alteration (including via dams and climate change) and degradation of water quality are primary threats to this river-, lake-, and wetland-dwelling critter, though platypuses also get snared in fishing nets, drown in crayfish/yabby traps, and turn into roadkill. In Tasmania specifically, some also develop ulcers and ultimately die from a pernicious fungal disease called mucormycosis. (The Tasmanian government requests that people report any potentially diseased platypuses they see).
Domestic dogs also pose a threat to platypuses, especially when allowed off-leash around riverbanks and lakeshores. That said, a male platypus may deliver a potent lesson to an attacking canine: Those venomous spurs have taken more than a few dogs out.
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Paddy Pimblett doesn’t expect to be ranked after beating Tony Ferguson at UFC 296 — so he’ll settle for Bobby… – MMA Mania

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Tony Ferguson is not ranked in the Top 15 at 155 pounds.
That’s why Paddy Pimblett doesn’t expect to earn a spot on the lightweight ladder with a victory over the former interim champion when they collide at the upcoming UFC 296 pay-per-view (PPV) event, locked and loaded for Sat., Dec. 16, 2023 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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“I’ll be honest, I don’t see myself being put in the Top 15 after a win against Tony,” Pimblett told The Energized Show (transcribed by MMA News). “Bobby Green didn’t, and Bobby Green fought — beat him before I did, you know what I mean? So, I can see me fighting someone like that: Bobby Green, Grant Dawson, you know what I mean? Someone like that to get in the rankings.”
Pimblett and Green have a score to settle after this “fathead” incident at UFC San Diego.
“I mean, that’s what I can see after I beat Tony,” Pimblett continued. “Like, especially if the big fella Conor’s [McGregor] coming back in UFC 300, lad. The missus will be due a couple of weeks after that. So, it’d be nice to get another, another fight in, get another payday in before the twins are due.”
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The promotion is currently working on its lineup for the blockbuster UFC 300 card in April, which may be headlined by former two-division champion Conor McGregor. Pimblett vs. Green would be a strong addition, assuming “King” prevails this weekend at UFC Austin.
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Boxing News: Charlo wins in comeback fight » December 4, 2023 – Fight News

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In a grudge match, undefeated WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over José Benavídez Jr. (28-3-1, 19 KOs) in a non-title WBC special event on Saturday night’s Benavidez-Andrade card at the Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Returning after nearly 2 1/2 years, Charlo was stronger than the aggressive Benavidez and won most of the rounds. Benavidez was wobbled in the tenth. Scores were 98-92, 99-91, 100-90.
Give props. He fought well. He knows how to fight.
Charlo did a good job moving, countering, and even leading in many rounds of the fight. Yes, he did well. However, I question if he can even stop Canelo who is much stronger than Benavidez Jr. Charlo will need to beat Canelo on points should they fight. I dont see a KO for Charlo against Canelo.
lol Canelo has never been knocked down let alone knocked out. Charbum absolutely has no chance of even hurting him. Charbum will be the one getting laid out if they fight.
Please nobody wants to see Charlo vs Canelo. The only fight for Canelo is Benavidez.
Benavidez vs Bivol is what we really want to see
Charlo very dominant, Jose put a valiant effort, but lacks fundamental
He should be ashamed he could not ko Benavides
Boxing should not let this fights go on
In the weigh in looks like over weight boxer is not a problem
But this like putting one live on risk
Charlo was too strong for Benavides
Can’t say I’d be too proud beating a guy two weight classes below me. And he couldn’t stop him? The commentators kept saying solid performance by Charlo and i get it .. he was out 40 months. But still, this was a super middle weight fighting a blown up welterweight. I guess that’s what Benavidez gets for all the pre fight talk. I pick Plant and Morrell over Charlo.
Not to bad after almost three years without fighting but nowhere close to challenge any one of the big names at Super Middle. Plant, Mibilli, Morrel and Benavidez would smoke him.
This fight did not settle in my gut correctly because Charlo missed weight. Under such weight related circumstances, Benavidez hung in there with a solid chin. Charlo’s punches were creative, and his jabs were mean.
Agree E man …Charlo had some good moments….but clearly that finisher that beast we are use to seeing .,.not there… hopefully it is rust…but …Charlo struggling with something else…can clearly see it…I hope that Charlo is “ok” outside the ring…
Yep, how good would charlo have been if he had of sweated off the extra 3-4 pounds and actually made weight ? Possibly a more even playing field for the smaller Benevidez Jr……
Hopefully charlo fights plant next
Not bad for charlo.good fight to get the rust out! Benavidez was talk,talk bullishht and no pop in his punches! Great sportsmanship on charlo at the post fight interview. Bobo gettn’ KO by benavidez next fight! Its a total mismatch, bobo too weak for the hard punching destroyer in benavidez! Bobo’s promoters don’t realize the danger they put him for picking this fight. Benavidez by brutal KO of the year on the 8th or a “no-mas” call out!
Dominated a welter weight (blown up). He got rounds in and maintained composure surprisingly.
I’m at the fight and there are no ring girls! WTF!!!
Benavidez about to stop Boo-boo. One more round
Done.
It was expected! A bobo blow out! Benavidez is in onother level, and not the bums bobo is used to fight and strugled with when he was champion! The most “avoided” title just was too big for bobo!
I don’t think it was right that Charlo be allowed to come in so heavy in violation of the contractual catch weight limit of 163. He likely was close to 170 when he stepped into the ring, more than 7-8 lbs heavier than Benavidez. He enjoyed a height advantage too. Totally unfair. Credit to Jose for putting up a valiant effort. Charlo couldn’t knock him out either. I personally am not very impressed with Charlo. He wants the big money that fighting Canelo or David Benavidez would bring, but it’s obvious that he would be no match for either. His more immediate goal should be to fight Plant, so he can save face and exact revenge for Plant slapping him. This is the reason that Plant slapped him too, to force him to choose Plant as an opponent with the title on the line.
Jose Benavides was out boxed. He did show he has a decent chin. Charlo didn’t have enough punching power to stop Benavides. Charlo will not beat Alvarez.
Just wanted to note….Charlo …I am praying for you….you are a man before a fighter…In your corner in “life”….hang in there champ…
Charlo is done at top level. I think Plant beats him at 168 and benavidez would knock him out as quick as he did Andrade. If he has to fight Adames at the middleweight limit, then he loses that too.
Way to go Charlo!
ok, lets just hope that we dont now have
canelo-charlo. if so, another hard pass for me
Surprised he couldn’t KO him. Jose Jr, a career Welterweight comes in at a catch weight of 163. Meanwhile Charlo, a natural Middleweight comes in 3.4# over at 166.4. So you had an overweight out of shape Welterweight fighting a Super Middleweight.

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