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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This means that if the facial disease causes the Tasmanian devil to go extinct in the wild, captive devils like Oddity can be released back into disease-free areas of Tasmania, giving devils a chance to thrive.
The Minister's approval was subject to several conditions, including the condition that Shree Minerals donate money to a fund for the purpose of assisting with the maintenance of the Tasmanian devil insurance population, being a program to establish a population of healthy devils in captivity to be released into the wild, if necessary, to support the survival of the species.
If the envelope contains red paper, you are a Tasmanian devil that's "infected" with devil facial tumor disease.
Due to a lack of genetic diversity among Tasmanian devils their bodies don't recognize the cells as foreign so the cells aren't rejected by the animal's immune system,'' the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program says on its website.
Murchison, who now works at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, England, comes from Tasmania, an Australian island that is the only native home to Tasmanian devils.
Scientists have been documenting tumors among animals like sea turtles, Beluga whales and Tasmanian devils for years.
This disease has led to the decline of about 70 per cent of the Tasmanian devil population since the disease was first reported in 1996," Peter Garrett, the Australian environment minister, said in a statement.
Species such as the Tasmanian devil, the Caspian seal and south-east Asia's fishing cat are among those to see their fortunes plummet and are now among the 450 mammals listed as endangered.
The Tasmanian Devil is in danger of being wiped out
The island, located off the southern tip of Australia, offers a mild climate, lush vegetation, and unusual wildlife, such as its signature Tasmanian Devil.
Australia's Tasmanian devil will be listed as an endangered species this week as a result of a deadly and disfiguring cancer outbreak, the state government said yesterday.
It could even help to save an Australian icon--the Tasmanian Devil.

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