People Out Skiing Are Shocked To Run Across A Duck-Billed Platypus

“We were incredibly surprised."

The other day, Mark Oates and a companion were cross-country skiing along a snowy path in Tasmania, Australia, when a furry local appeared and began to approach them.

It was someone they did not expect.

Turns out, also traversing the wintry landscape that day was a duck-billed platypus. Though typically pictured inhabiting warmer, bushland waterways, this particular platypus seemed quite at ease sliding across the snowy expanse in higher altitudes.

The skiers couldn’t believe their eyes — especially as he passed by them like it was no big deal.

Here’s that moment on video:

It was an encounter Oates and his companion won’t soon forget.

“We were incredibly surprised that it was heading straight towards us,” Oates told The Dodo. “I always presumed that [platypuses] would make their way down below the snow-line in winter, but here in Tasmania I don't think this is the case. I certainly had not seen one slide on its stomach like it did. Very cool moment to witness.”