The Tasmanian Devil Returns

After 3000 years, the Tasmanian Devil is back on mainland Australia. There he is supposed to protect the native flora and fauna.

Two young Tasmanian devils argue over a piece of meat at Sydney Taronga Zoo.

Tim Wimborne / Reuters

He’s an intrepid, aggressive little guy: the Sarcophilus harrisii, better known as the Tasmanian Devil. You can find him on the Australian island of Tasmania, which is also what gave him its name. In the past, however, it was also widespread on the Australian mainland until, according to scientists, 3000 years ago it found less and less food there due to the spread of indigenous people and was also hunted and finally exterminated by dingoes, Australian wild dogs.

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