25 Jun '12, 2pm

Let's hope they can be saved! - The race to save the Tasmanian devil

Let's hope they can be saved! - The race to save the Tasmanian devil

CUTE AND THREATENED: Adrian Good, a keeper at Devil Ark in the Barrington Tops area of Australia's New South Wales, holds Scooter, a 14-month-old Tasmanian devil. (Photo: Greg Wood/AFP) TOMALLA STATION, Australia — It's been hundreds of years since the Tasmanian devil last lived on the Australian mainland but, in the misty hills of Barrington Tops, a pioneering group is being bred for survival. Rat-like in appearance but with a marsupial pouch and carnivorous jaws that can crack bone, Tasmanian devils are an enigmatic Australian species. They are reclusive creatures that sleep by day and forage by night, and are best known for the guttural cries that led early British settlers to call them "devils" and inspired a Warner Bros. cartoon character. But the burrowing, tree-climbing animals are in a battle for survival against an aggressive and contagious facial cancer that expe...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/the-race...

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