Thankful Thurrsday

Tassie devils getting restless for dinner

Tassie devils getting restless for dinner

Looking back through photo archives i came upon these pictures.

They reminded me that i am so thankful that there are groups of people committed to preserving and saving our beautiful wildlife.

The Tasmanian Devil has had it’s numbers almost decimated due to facial cancers that are contagious,yes contagious facial cancers!

They bite each other either accidentally or on purpose while eating and this is how this cancer is spread.

It causes such horrible problems with them dying of starvation as they can no longer eat.

What is believed to be the main problem is in- breeding which has not allowed this gene to leave the gene pool,so a group of dedicated people are moving them to various areas around Tasmania and the mainland in order to hopefully slowly let the gene pool get larger.

Private property owners in Tasmania have set aside parts of their land for this purpose also.For their size they have the strongest jaw pressure of any carnivore,they are powerful and very vocal.

Early settlers called them Devils because of the noises they made,they believed there were devils in the bush.

The Tasmanian Devil

The Tasmanian Devil

This little guy looks anything but devilish !

This little guy looks anything but devilish !

They are great climbers

They are great climbers

Up we go

Up we go

Their scream is quite spooky!

Their scream is quite spooky!