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Old 30 September 2015, 01:44 AM
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Devil Should Tasmanian Devils Be Returned to Mainland Australia?

Is it time for Tasmanian devils to once again roam mainland Australia, after they went extinct there some 3,000 years ago? A new ecological impact study out of the University of New South Wales Australia (UNSW) suggests the answer may be "yes."

http://news.discovery.com/animals/sh...lia-150812.htm
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Old 30 September 2015, 01:54 AM
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That would be cool, especially if they could create a sustained population that's completely free of the facial tumor disease that's killing them in Tasmania.
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Old 30 September 2015, 02:43 AM
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An article about that tumor disease is actually what led me to this article. They are testing a vaccine for the disease by releasing 20 vaccinated T. Devils into the wilds of Tasmania to see how they fare.

ETA: http://news.discovery.com/animals/en...ine-150928.htm
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Old 30 September 2015, 06:16 AM
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Wouldn't they be Australian devils then?

We also have the issues of the risk they they might team up with Satan's Hobbit and cause mischief and mayhem.

Jokes aside, if the vaccine works, it would be a good way to get a large healthy population, which could act as an ark, should the Tasmanian population be wiped out.
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Old 02 October 2015, 12:52 AM
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I have seen enough of Bugs Bunny to know this may be a solution to our rabbit problems, or should I say rascally rabbits.
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Old 01 September 2016, 01:18 AM
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Australia Tasmanian devils evolve resistance to contagious cancer

A few Tasmanian devils have started a resistance movement against a contagious cancer that has depleted their numbers. Since devil facial tumor disease was first discovered in 1996, it has wiped out about 80 percent of the Tasmanian devil population. In some places, up to 95 percent of devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) have succumbed to facial tumors, spread when devils bite each other. Scientists had believed the tumor to be universally fatal. But a new study finds that a small number of devils carry genetic variants that help them survive the disease — at least long enough to reproduce, researchers report August 30 in Nature Communications. The finding could be important for the survival of the species.
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/...tagious-cancer

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Old 01 September 2016, 03:59 AM
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Waste of time. Being scavengers, rather than predators, they would not last long against feral dogs, dingoes, foxes and other predatory animals.
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Old 01 September 2016, 04:41 AM
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I tend to suspect Damien is right. They went extinct on the mainland because they weren't competing with dingoes. Western settlement has only added to the number of competing scavengers.

It is good to see signs that the population is developing an immunity to the facial tumour disease.

They are grumpy critters though. Their normal mood seems to be set at cranky cat and only gets worse from there.

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Old 01 September 2016, 06:43 AM
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(Dropbears, of course, are creatures of considerable refinement and grace...)
See I was going to ask how you get along with Tassie devils, mutual admiration, grudging respect, avoiding each other if possible or all out war.
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They are grumpy critters though. Their normal mood seems to be set at cranky cat and only gets worse from there.
Naw, they're actually rather friendly if they're socialised properly when they're young:


It's just that their vocalizations make it sound like they're about to kill everything in sight even when they're in a happy mood:
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Dumb question: Is Tasmania considered a part of Australia or is it a separate country?
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Old 01 September 2016, 12:05 PM
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Dumb question: Is Tasmania considered a part of Australia or is it a separate country?

It's part of the country in the legal sense but it's totally separate in a cultural/regional sense. Half the time we forget to include it on maps of Australia.
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Old 01 September 2016, 12:26 PM
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It's part of the country in the legal sense but it's totally separate in a cultural/regional sense. Half the time we forget to include it on maps of Australia.
We don't forget Tasmania, we just forget to include Bass Strait. It all blurs together then.
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Dumb question: Is Tasmania considered a part of Australia or is it a separate country?
Depends who you ask. JK. It's one of our 7 states.
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Seven?
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Old 02 September 2016, 09:36 PM
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If you count Northern Territory. But if you count them then you probably should count the ACT.

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I have seen enough of Bugs Bunny to know this may be a solution to our rabbit problems, or should I say rascally rabbits.
Don't be so sure... those wascally wabbits, or at least one in particular, always seemed to be able to pull one over on a certain Tasmanian devil, IIRC.
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Seven?
Sorry, fat fingers.
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Naw, they're actually rather friendly if they're socialised properly when they're young:


It's just that their vocalizations make it sound like they're about to kill everything in sight even when they're in a happy mood:
That is unreasonably cute.
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