The Tasmanian devil has been on the verge of extinction for years, thanks to a spreading disease that starts as a tumor on the devil’s face, more notably on the snout, and then spreads throughout the rest of the body. This happens for a variety of reasons, including biting during conflicts and mating.
After that, it’s all good news for animal lovers and environmentalists today, as the birth of seven new puppies was discovered on mainland Australia, more than 3000 years after they vanished from the region.
According to the NGO Aussie Ark, the small devil babies were born at the Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary, a 1,000-acre property in New South Wales.
They were murdered by dingoes, a kind of wild dog that migrated to the region and limited them to the Tasmanian island, in addition to the malignancy known as Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD), which has annihilated practically the entire population of Tasmanian devils.
After a previous study involving 15 Tasmanian devils, Aussie Ark discovered small marsupial pups in their mothers’ pouches and released them back into the wild on mainland Australia in September 2020, raising the total number of Tasmanian devils on the continent to 26.
Members of the pro-animal organization have stated that the critters had successfully reproduced a few months following their release.
They are characterized as having the size of a shelled peanut while being the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial. This is unquestionably good news.
“For the past ten years, we have worked relentlessly to reintroduce devils to the wild on mainland Australia in the hopes of establishing a sustainable population.” “It was all up to them after they came back,” Aussie Ark stated in a statement.
Females have been reported to have between 20 and 40 children each delivery. The newborns rush up to their mother’s pouch, which only has four teats, as soon as they are born. The first people to come there stayed for roughly three months.
“Until it came ready to go in and confirm the birth of our first wild pups, we had been monitoring them from afar.” “And what a moment!” says the narrator. They exclaimed with glee from Aussie Ark.
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