Tasmania, natural wonders

Tasmanian Devils and cuter creatures

Not far from Port Arthur is the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park, which is absolutely worth a visit if you’re in the area.  Tasmanian Devils are, obviously, uniquely Tasmanian, and amongst the more curious creatures I’ve come across.  On first glance they look cute and quite cuddly, however you will soon change your views on that after a short time in the Conservation Park….well I did anyway,

Tasmania, natural wonders

Tasmania, natural wonders

They’re not smart enough to be useful predators, so in their natural state they are predominantly scavengers, and eat absolutely everything they find – meat, fur, bone, brains – the whole gory mess. They are also cannibalistic, so an unlucky weak or injured Tasmanian Devil, shouldn’t count on any friends  for help. Then again, they’re solitary creatures, so don’t have a lot of mates to call upon.

Tasmania, natural wonders

Tasmania, natural wonders

This isn’t why they are endangered however, it’s because they are being attacked by a weird disease which is part virus, part cancer, and none of the experts haven’t figured out how to cure the disease as yet. It is highly contagious, passed through saliva, which usually happens when they are eating. Not because they are generously sharing the food mind, but because they are fighting viciously over whatever they’ve managed to scavenge.

Additionally, the park also has kangaroos, wallabies, quolls, and native birds. To my delight, we arrived just in time to feed the kangaroos and wallabies, which gave us the opportunity to hand-feed them.

Tasmania, natural wonders

Tasmania, natural wonders

We must’ve timed it perfectly, because then followed the “King of the Wild” show, which was native birds doing tricks. There was a galah and a corella and a tawny frogmouth, which sounds like the start of a joke!

Either way, it was a great opportunity to get up close and personal (sort of) with a Tasmanian Devil.  In the Conservation Park was probably the best place for that!

Tasmania, natural wonders

 

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