Midday Palate Cleanser

Tasmanian devils born on mainland Australia for the first time in 3,000 years

It’s been 3,000 years, researchers estimate, since the Tasmanian devil disappeared from mainland Australia. Now seven joeys have been born in the wild, putting an end to that long streak.

OK, I’ll bite: I thought that they were from Tasmania?

The animals disappeared from mainland Australia because they were outcompeted by dingoes. Although Tasmanian devils remained on the island of Tasmania, they were hit with a contagious cancer called devil facial tumor disease, which killed up to 90% of the wild population. Only about 25,000 remain on Tasmania.

So all-and-all this is good marsupial news. The article has a rather heroic picture of a little devil if you want to see what these wee beasties look like other than the W-B version.

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5 Responses to Midday Palate Cleanser

  1. They were from both, originally but 3000 years ago long predates written records of their existence (because, of course, something doesn’t exist until a White Englishman writes down the name he chose for it and puts it in his book!), so they were thought to be from Tasmania.

    Humans have been there for 40,000 years ago, so I think we didn’t wipe them out; not sure what caused them to go extinct there.

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  2. sos says:

    The Dingo took my baby! (joey Tasmanian devil)

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  3. Big Bad bald Bastard says:

    Tasmania is Australia’s Australia.

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  4. Big Bad bald Bastard says:

    This book, written by friends of mine, is a great read, simultaneously sad and funny:

    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/115634/carnivorous-nights-by-margaret-mittelbach-and-michael-crewdson/

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  5. Mary Ellen Sandahl says:

    Those Aussie Devil-saving wildlife folks are inspiring. Whenever I’m disgusted by McConnell or Gaetz or any of those pustules, I’ll think about these loving, hard-working friends of Nature instead/

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