After making all the mammals, birds and fish, the creator had several bits and pieces left over, so he put them all together and made the platypus. Over time, the three animal groups started arguing over which group was the best. Since the platypus had characteristics belonging to each group, he was approached by each to join. The platypus thought carefully about each proposition, but decided to not join any of them, explaining that he felt a part of each one equally and that no group was ʻbetterʼ than any other. The animals understood and agreed with what the platypus was saying. A nearby hunter, who overheard the platypusʼ explanation, was so impressed with the wisdom of this gentle creature that he vowed never to hunt the platypus.