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Save the Tasmanian Devil – Support Black and White Day

May 15th, 2009

Dr Petra

Today is Black and White day, an initiative set up by a young man called ‘Nature Nic’ a few years back. The aim of the day is to save the Tasmanian Devil.

I’ve always had a soft spot for these amazing creatures. We still have much to learn about them, but I’m particularly drawn to the contradictions about them. They look cute, but they can be very aggressive. They’re shy creatures yet socialise during meals. They can be very quiet, yet their bloodcurdling cries (particularly during feeding) are very raucous.

If anyone could make my dream come true it would be to make a nature documentary about devils – not least about their mating habits which are still being discovered (what we do know is the process of mating looks and sounds fairly violent). Hey, if I can spend my time talking to humans about their sex lives it would make a welcome break to find out what Tazzies do.

The reason we need to protect this wonderful creature is there’s been a growing outbreak of ‘Devil Facial Tumour Disease’ (DFTD) which has been spreading among devils and reducing the numbers of this already endangered species.

So hopefully you can find out more about Black and White day and support the Tazzies!

I’ll leave you with one of my favourite clips of Tasmanian Devils, brought to you courtesy of the TV show Wildboyz where Steve O and Chris Pontius bring a whole new meaning to nature documentaries. You’d never see David Attenborough doing this!

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