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Sunday Species Snapshot: Tasmanian Devil

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And now the world’s cutest Tasmanian devil, who nonetheless is obviously bloody from battle. Because it’s been that kind of week.

Some more details about Tassies…

Species name: Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii)

Where found: Tasmania, an island state of Australia

IUCN Red List status: Endangered (although that was the 2008 assessment; things have gotten worse since then)

Major threat: A communicable cancer called Devil Facial Tumor Disease which has wiped out tens of thousands of animals

Previous Extinction Countdown articles about this species: Many. I’ve been covering DFTD for years. Tragically, I don’t see things getting much better for this species any time soon.

Photo by Scott MacLeod Liddle via Flickr. Used under Creative Commons license

John R. Platt About the Author: Twice a week, John Platt shines a light on endangered species from all over the globe, exploring not just why they are dying out but also what's being done to rescue them from oblivion. Follow on Twitter @johnrplatt.

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