Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Vulnerable Tasmanian Devil

I believe I'm coming late to the party, but I learned only recently that Tasmanian Devils are dying at extraordinary rates due to Devil Facial Tumor Disease (mildly disturbing picture)

You can view footage of the Devil here, or listen to one here, both at the website of Tasmania's Department of Primary Industries and Water.

Wikipedia gives what I imagine to be an accurate summary of DFTD. But with Wikipedia, who knows...

Based on the traditional Warner Brothers rendition of the Tasmanian Devil, I would not have guessed that they look more like the highly-dangerous Rodents of Unusual Size (ROUS).

Hat Tip: Joe

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