HOBART – Australian researchers have with rare exception, a group of healthy Tasmanian devils have been found. The healthy animals offer new hope that the endangered species can be saved.
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The last two decades, the population with about 80 per cent. The Tasmanian devil is afflicted by a fatal cancer in the face. The disease is transmitted when they bite or pairs.
A special program is created to be the carnivorous marsupial, that only on the Australian island of Tasmania prevents, to save. Researchers found after eight days in the wilderness in the south-west of Tasmania there are fourteen who have the disease do not carry.
“The find of devils with new genetic diversity offers us opportunities”, told the coordinator of the program to the Australian broadcaster ABC. He called the finding “quite startling.”