Tasmanian Devil at Auckland Zoo
A young animal seen climbing a tree. It was probably startled by me as I walked past while bushwalking. Photograph taken.
I was so sad to find this Tasmanian Devil dead by the road. There aren't many left of this nocturnal, carnivorous marsupial, and they are suffering from a facial cancer that is killing many more. We saw three in captivity in a nature park in Bicheno.
I saw this juvenile Tasmanian Devil beside the road leading into Narawntapu National Park. It ran up a tree!
Subfossil lower jaw found in cave
My photo was only a dark blur, but I did get a great look at it as it stood right in the middle of the spotlight in the road in front of the bus. The only one we saw.
The Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) is a carnivorous marsupial of the family Dasyuridae, now found in the wild only on the Australian island state of Tasmania. The size of a small dog, it became the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world following the extinction of the thylacine in 1936. It is characterised by its stocky and muscular build, black fur, pungent odour, extremely loud and disturbing screech, keen sense of smell, and ferocity when feeding. The...