NZ zoos apply to import Tas devils
Two New Zealand zoos want to import up to 20 tumour-free Tasmanian devils.
Wellington Zoo’s Simon Eyre says New Zealand wants to assist in protecting the vulnerable marsupial in any way it can.
He says the Wellington and Auckland zoos are likely to take animals born in the population free of the facial tumour disease.
As you may (not) have heard, the Tasmanian Devil species as a whole has been suffering from a deadly facial tumor disease, which has made quite a few of them even uglier than there were originally.
Given that they are kind of a Tasmanian icon, having starred in such critically acclaimed shows as Disney’s ‘Looney Toons’, this is obviously a very bad thing.
So it’s a nice gesture that some New Zealand zoos are offering to import some of the non-infected specimens, in order to preserve them in the good old shaky isles.
Sounds like a good plan. However, just as a warning: if one of these little bad boys manages to escape, I seriously fear for the future of the rest of New Zealand’s wildlife.
Honestly, they’re not called devils for no good reason. They’re aggressive, heartless, cold-blooded killers. They have very few redeeming characteristics, other than that they are unique to a certain geographic location. And of course the Looney Tunes thing.
So, goodbye to any remaining Kiwi birds.
And, goodbye to ….
(Well I’m stumped actually, NZ doesn’t have much tough wildlife, does it?)
Anyway, if you don’t believe me, then watch the following clip.