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