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Tasmanian Devils to Get Their Own Island

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:08 PM

A group of Tasmanian devils will be transferred to a small Australian island to start what is hoped will be a self-sustaining population, free from the facial tumor that has devastated their species.

Tasmania's Environment Minister Brian Wightman said 14 of the marsupials, carefully selected from captive breeding programs across Australia, would be released Thursday on Maria Island, a nature sanctuary off the state's east coast.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:32 PM

That tumor thing is tragic and scary at the same time.  Feel like things like this are going to start happening more often to other animals.  I wouldnt be surprised if cancer is 50/50 now a days for humans.


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Posted 20 November 2012 - 03:30 PM

I thought they already had an island. Tasmania? :P

Seriously, though, I hope things work out for these lil buggers. They are cute in their own maniacal way.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 03:36 PM

I hope this works, would hate to see yet another species disappear.


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Posted 21 November 2012 - 06:24 PM

Makes sense, a whole island for these animals while there are millions of people without a home...


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Posted 21 November 2012 - 07:24 PM

People can do something about their homelessness. Animals cannot do anything to defend against this disease that could wipe them out.

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