Tasmanian Devil Cancer: Threatens To Wipe Out The Entire Tasmanian Devil Species (Video)

By on Jan 20, 2011 in Animals, Science, World Comments
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Tasmanian Devil
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Tasmanian devils were said to become soon extinct due to the Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) which reportedly killed off up to 90% of its population since it was first discovered in 1996.

According to reports, the diseases were said to be highly contagious because the infected animal bite the healthy one especially while mating and fighting.

The cancer causes large tumor to grow on their face, head and mouth, making it impossible for the animals to eat. Most Tasmanian devils die of starvation once the tumors grow in their mouths.

Sky News reported that scientists were not able to find a cure for this disease because it has mutated into 13 different strains.

Researchers said that they have estimated only 2000 Tasmanian devils remain in the wild.

Currently there were sanctuaries being built by several organizations to aid the extinction of the Tasmanian devils. They isolate those healthy animals with hopes of repopulating Tasmania and then release the animals back to the wild in the future.

Video Credit: Sky News

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