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Tasmanian devils now endangered

Posted on Friday, 22 May, 2009 | Comment icon 6 comments | News tip by: Ohelemapit


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Australia's Tasmanian devil could be going the way of the Thylacine as the status of the species has been changed from vulnerable to endangered following a facial tumour disease that has seriously reduced its population.

"Australia has lifted protection levels for the Tasmanian devil, the world's largest surviving marsupial carnivore, from vulnerable to endangered."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by MirrorImage on 23 May, 2009, 4:14
Heart breaking
Comment icon #2 Posted by edwin_seeker on 12 February, 2011, 7:05
The Tasmanian devils are endangered for a number of reasons. One of them is because the farmers believed that it ate large numbers of livestock and poultry and thus they hunt it. This is also why the Tasmanian tiger died out. Other reasons include that they are often hit by cars as they feed on other road-killed animals. Presently, there is outbreak of facial tumour disease. It causes facial lesions which increase in size until the Tasmanian devils can no longer eat and becomes susceptible to infections. This also leads to the decline in population. As the Tasmanian devil population decreases,... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Evilution13 on 16 February, 2011, 13:57
Thanks edwin_seeker. Yes, lets hope they don't go the way of he Tasmanian Tiger.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Rhincewind on 17 February, 2011, 17:27
austrailia need to be captive breeding them so that when the disease is wiped out in the wild, healthy ones can be rereleased.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Ryu on 20 February, 2011, 0:39
I have read somewhere that these devils are initially getting cancer because they seem to have penchant for chowing down on plastics and Styrofoam at the landfills. And naturally since they seem to delight in fighting, the bites transfer the cancerous cells. At least this is what I read was the initial cause. Sad though, they are kind of neat creatures, not overly cuddly but neat nonetheless.
Comment icon #6 Posted by ali smack on 20 February, 2011, 19:03
Terrible. Maybe they should put them in zoos,if that is posible


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