The End of an Era: Tasmanian Devils Relocated Away From Tasmania
by Melissa Hennessey | February, 2013
Ferocious little Tasmanian Devils have been tussling for centuries, but recently their harmless bites are propagating a scary threat.
Contagious cancer has been spreading through the population of marsupials on Tasmania, so biologist have been relocating them to Maria Island in an attempt to protect the species. Scientists were stunned to discover when they tested the growths on the Devils that the DNA didn’t match the host, but rather other animals, suggesting that one infected devil had transmitted the cancer to another. Only one other type of contagious cancer, a tumor in dogs, has ever been recorded.
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Melissa Hennessey (@BlueMorphoBlog) is your standard Midwestern-would-be-vagabond with a penchant for all the little things that make travel even more excellent. Melissa has a day job she actually likes, and fills the rest of her day with writing, hot yoga and photo making. She travels as often as she can, usually with her fiancé. Unfortunately, their 3 cats don't care much for travel due to the lack of cat-centric hostel search website.