Friday, January 25, 2013

Another animal adoption - Welcome to the family Taz

One thing that Dylan really wanted for Christmas was for someone to adopt him a Tasmanian Devil. He has been fascinated with Tasmanian devils for years and sometimes spends hours on the computer looking at pictures of them and reading about the facial tumors that are causing so many Tasmanian devil deaths.

Lucky for Dylan, he has an aunt who knows how much he loves these little guys because she symbolically adopted a Tasmanian Devil from World Wildlife Fund in Dylan's name.

Tasmanian devils are mostly solitary animals and found only on the Australian state of Tasmania. They are nocturnal, which means they eat at night, and sleep in nests of grass and bark in hollow logs. Once thought to be a threat to livestock, Tasmanian devils were hunted extensively until they became officially protected in 1941.

The species slowly came back from being over hunted and now faces a different threat. Devil facial tumor disease has been killing these devils for the past decade and the population is significantly reduced - the survival of the species is considered threatened.

Welcome to the family Taz!

You can see our other adopted family members by clicking the tab "Animal Adoptions" at the top of the page.

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