Tasmanian devil


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Tasmanian devil

the world's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial, found only in the Australian island state, Tasmania, where it is common. The size of a small dog, it is noted for its rowdy, nocturnal behavior and threatening appearance and sounds. Called also Sarcophilus harrisi.

Tasmanian devil facial tumor disease
tumors first appear in and around the mouth, face and neck but can be found elsewhere in the body. Large, disfiguring growths interfere with eating and the condition is fatal within 3 to 8 months. It first appeared in the mid-1990s and has spread widely, greatly reducing the population of Tasmanian devils. Tumors are infective; the agent is believed to be clones transmitted by allograft.
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The free range facility will house retired devils that are no longer required for breeding as part of the Tasmanian devil insurance population.
A few Tasmanian devils have started a resistance movement against a contagious cancer that has depleted their numbers.
Those opposing it were concerned about the threat to the Tasmanian devil from mining, trucking and logging activity, particularly by the threat of that activity in hastening the spread of Devil Facial Tumour Disease.
1] A Tasmanian devil has DFTD, a cancerous tumor on its face.
They were identified for us as a pair of increasingly rare Tasmanian devils, the meat-eating, scavenging marsupials exclusive to Tasmania, often depicted with red throat and fiercely bared teeth as an emblem of the island.
The Tasmanian state government's Save the Tasmanian Devil Program established an ''Insurance Population'' back in 2005, in which DFTD-free animals have been sent to mainland Australia to be bred in captivity.
Up to 80 healthy Tasmanian devils will be released on Maria Island, off the east coast of Tasmania, in attempt to build an 'insurance population' against the devastating Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) a contagious cancer that has been spreading through the devil population since 1996.
A vicious cancer has wiped out 70 percent of the world's population of wild Tasmanian devils, and if nothing changes, these animals might be extinct in the wild in 30 to 50 years.
Scientists have been documenting tumors among animals like sea turtles, Beluga whales and Tasmanian devils for years.
Lauren, from Flint Mountain, - whose recipe beat dishes such as Tasmanian Deviled Eggs for Loony Tunes character Tasmanian Devil, and a Gromelette for Wallace from Wallace and Gromit - won a culinary weekend in London and will have her recipe published in one of Karmel's forthcoming cookbooks.
The Tasmanian devil, the world's largest surviving marsupial carnivore, has been listed as "endangered" in Australia as a contagious facial cancer threatens to wipe out the entire wild population.
How intensive hunting of the Tasmanian devil has resulted in a weakening of the marsupial's immunity to cancer.

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