A platypus has been found dead in a trap at Broken River campground.

Reports indicate visitors to the area were trying to spot a platypus in the popular Eungella camping area but were distressed to find one dead in a yabby trap.

Broken River camping information, specifying platypus can be spotted in the area. Picture: Queensland Parks and Forests
Broken River camping information, specifying platypus can be spotted in the area. Picture: Queensland Parks and Forests

 

The trap was found under the bridge near Broken River Bush Camp.

Broken River Visitor Information Centre operator Oskar Krobath was distraught at the finding.

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Platypus found dead, illegally killed in a yabbie trap in Broken River. Picture: Oskar Krobath
Platypus found dead, illegally killed in a yabbie trap in Broken River. Picture: Oskar Krobath

 

"I don't know why people do things like this, I can't understand it," he said.

Mr Krobath said platypus were particularly vulnerable to being killed in traps because small yabbies formed a part of their natural diet.

"Once lured into a trap, a platypus will drown in less than three minutes," he said.

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Platypus found dead, illegally killed in a yabbie trap in Broken River. Picture: Oskar Krobath
Platypus found dead, illegally killed in a yabbie trap in Broken River. Picture: Oskar Krobath

 

"The young ones and newborns are so small, and they just can't get back out.

"I don't want to point the finger at anyone, but I want people to understand what can happen.

"People shouldn't go fishing, or put in traps, because this is the result."

A spokeswoman said Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service would look into the matter.



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