Is your legacy that you lived and enjoyed nature, or lived and cared for nature? 

Is your legacy that you lived and enjoyed nature, or lived and cared for nature? 

Larila died on November 18, 2022 as a result of litter entanglement in the Hobart Rivulet.

Larila's death highlights the unacceptable impact of litter on platypuses. Her death demonstrates why urgent action must be taken to address all forms of pollution in the Hobart Rivulet. This is her story.

Another platypus is entangled in our litter

Local photographer Adam Fry notices a platypus with a loop of litter around its neck swimming in the Cascade Gardens boulder trap and contacts @hobartrivuletplatypus in the evening.
Photo: Adam Fry

Nov 05, 2022

The search begins

The platypus team at DPIPWE is notified and a plan is put together. The search for the entangled platypus begins immediately.

Nov 06, 2022

It will take a community to care

A call is put out on @hobartrivuletplatypus social media for the community to help locate the platypus, so care can be provided. 

Nov 07, 2022

The platypus is located

The following morning two eagle eyed community members spot the platypus, again in the Cascade Gardens boulder trap. Authorities are notified with the help of #ThePlatypusGuardian crew who happen to be on site filming.

Nov 08, 2022

The platypus is captured

Working together, the City of Hobart, DPIPWE, @hobartrivuletplatypus and TPG crew are able to capture the platypus. The loop of twine is removed, revealing deep cuts around her neck and front leg. 

Nov 08, 2022

50c for the life of a platypus

A seemingly benign loop of twine around the platypus's neck has put her life at risk. Due to the nature of the injuries she is taken into care at Bonorong.

Nov 08, 2022

The platypus receives care

Pain relief and antibiotics are injected into the blood vessel running around the outside of the platypus's rubbery bill. She was not conscious at this point thankfully.

Nov 08, 2022

Wounds are cleaned

The cut down to the bone on the back of the platypus's front leg is of serious concern.

Nov 08, 2022

Animal angels appear

The care that Bonorong provides is incredible to see first hand.

Nov 08, 2022

Sweet dreams!

With the first round of care complete, the little platypus is tucked into bed. 

Nov 08, 2022

Larila is named by the community

While the platypus sleeps, the community posts name suggestions on @hobartrivuletplatypus Facebook. Larila, palawa kani for platypus is chosen, and the use is approved by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre. A beautiful name for a beautiful creature!

Nov 08, 2022

Delicate Surgery

Larila is being prepared for a second round of surgery.

Nov 10, 2022


Stitching platypus skin is no easy task. It's as thick a cow's skin!

Nov 10, 2022

Surgery is no place for a platypus

Surgery takes much longer than expected. Three hours later,  Larila wakes up, groggy and exhausted.

Nov 10, 2022

Platypus or pollution. It's our choice.

With Larila in care we return to the Hobart Rivulet to continue removing rubbish from the waterway.

Nov 11, 2022

An international platypus

Larila's progress is closely followed by the community and media, even overseas! If caring thoughts could cure, she'd be back in her waterway home already.

Nov 11, 2022

Worms and more worms!

Larila is moved to a Wildlife Carer in Lenah Valley. She needs a constant supply of fresh food. The community responds, providing a supply of worms and other yummies.

Nov 11, 2022

A guarded prognosis

Despite everyone's best efforts Larila's prognosis remains guarded - medical speak for not great.

Nov 13, 2022

Her best chance

A decision is made to attempt a release. Unfortunately Larila is unable to walk or swim as she should. She returns to Bonorong.

Nov 14, 2022

This can't be for naught

Larila dies during the night.

Nov 18, 2022

Poem and flowers

An outpouring of grief follows as the community pauses to reflect.

Nov 18, 2022

Hope for the future

The first people to respond to Larila's death with action are the young who organize their own waterway clean up.

Nov 20, 2022

#StopTalkingRubbish & Fix McRobies Outfall

In terms of litter, the city tip is the biggest polluter of the Hobart Rivulet. Windblown litter and discharges flow directly into platypus habitat where several animals have become entangled. A call is put out to fix McRobies once and for all.

Dec 17, 2022

A city begins to talk

The Summer 2023 edition of City of Hobart's Bandicoot Times considers the question "What will be Larila's legacy?"

Feb 11, 2023

Another entangled platypus

The Australian Platypus Conservancy notifies @hobartrivuletplatypus that another platypus has been seen in the Hobart Rivulet entangled in litter, below the outfall of the city tip. The search begins.

Mar 23, 2023

Larila's Seize it, Snip it, Bin it! begins

Larila's litter awareness campaign begins - engaging local communities, schools, businesses and government.

Apr 22, 2023

Into schools with Larila's Legacy!

The year 4 students at South Hobart Primary School - right on the banks of the Hobart Rivulet - begin designing messaging and posters inspired by Larila's Legacy and the Seize it, Snip it, Bin it! campaign. The posters will be used both on the bins within the school and in the local community.

May 03, 2023

A nesting female platypus entangled in fishing line

Discarded fishing line is especially deadly. Fortunately the nesting female was able to free herself. @hobartrivuletplatypus continues to monitor, expose and remove litter in the Hobart Rivulet.

May 06, 2023

State of the Rivulets Report

The City of Hobart releases its first ever 'State of the Rivulets' report. Water ecologists describe the health of the lower Hobart Rivulet as "horrible". Reports are good, action is better...

May 06, 2023

Larila ripples across the pond

The Platypus Guardian premieres on ABC TV featuring Larila's story at its core. Hearts are touched and tears are shed. The documentary will air around the world.

Jun 01, 2023

Under threat from all sides

ABC News publish an in depth article, using Larila's story to highlight the plight of Australia's platypus population.

July 14, 2023

Entangled platyus captured!

The entangled platypus is finally located and caught. With the ring of rubber removed and the injury assessed she is released back into the rivulet.

Aug 08, 2023

More school visits!

More primary school visits, with the aim of empowering the guardians of tomorrow.  Thanks for the inspiration kids!

  • Albuera St
  • The Friends' School
  • St Michaels
  • Landsdowne Crescent

Aug 13, 2023

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