Australia's Struggling Marsupial: Photos of the Tasmanian Devil

Healthy Tasmanian Devil

Healthy Tasmanian Devil with Zoo Keeper

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Zoo keeper and breeder Tim Faulkner holds a Tasmanian devil -- an endangered marsupial found in the wild in the Australian island-state of Tasmania.

Nap Time!

A tasmanian devil resting.

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A tasmanian devil resting.

healthy tasmanian devil

healthy tasmanian devil

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Tasmanian devils are in danger of dying off because of a deadly, transmissible cancer.

Tasmanian Devils Being Wiped Out By Social Ties

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For Tasmanian devils, the infectious cancer first shows up in and around the mouth as small lesions or lumps. These lesions grow into large tumors around the face and neck (and sometimes even in other parts of the body).

Healthy Tasmanian Devil

Healthy Tasmanian Devil

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A team of researchers has devised a strategy to use genetic information to help save Tasmanian devils like this one from extinction.

tasmanian devil with cancer

tasmanian devil with cancer

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The complete genome of the Tasmanian devil's transmissible cancer may help to explain how cancer was transmitted from a single individual and quickly spread through the population.

The Tasmanian Devil in the Wastewater

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The researchers used traps to catch Tasmanian devils, before attaching radio collars to each animal.

Diseased Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian devil with facial tumor disease

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A large tumor on a Tasmanian devil. The disease has wiped out about 70 percent of wild devils.

Tumor Disease

Tasmanian devil with facial tumor disease

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Devil facial tumor disease can prevent Tasmanian devils from eating or drinking.

Healthy Tasmanian Devil

Healthy Tasmanian devil

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A healthy Tasmanian devil