The transformation is complete.
Jenya Bolotov is a platypus. Or at least, that's how the 26-year-old Russian designer described himself to News Dog Media.
"Externally, I am now a platypus," he said. "My resemblance is the way I want it to be. It takes bravery to do what I've done and I will keep modifying my body until I am happy."
Bolotov does have at least one platypus-like feature: His lip stretches out more than two inches horizontally, according to Cosmopolitan. He's been piercing and transforming his body since he was 18, and his work has culminated into one really creepy YouTube video:
He said he'll continue his piercings, though it's unclear how more body modification would make him look more like a semiaquatic, egg-laying, duck-billed creature. At least, he says, there's little pain involved in piercing.
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"It does not hurt so much," he told Infooid. "You wear the one size of jewelry and expect complete healing. And over time, for example, instead of 3mm, you can insert a 3.5 mm diameter jewelry... Of course, if you hurry, it will be painful."
We couldn't confirm by press time whether he can also sound like a platypus.