Last bit from Tassie ... The wonderful Tasmanian Devil ... Great exhibition at TMAG about our fantastic native carnivorous marsupial, and the Tassie state emblem. It was once the second largest carnivorous marsupial to the now-extinct Thylacine (Tassie Tiger, pictured) but is now our largest. They were badly persecuted by European settlers, who thought they were aggressive and dangerous due to the noises they make and their mouth-opening behaviour (which is a yawn-type behaviour like dogs). Many were killed, and like many animals, their numbers dropped.
It wasn't until early last century that there was more understanding about them and it was realised they didn't deserve their fierce reputation. Sadly, they started developing a facial tumour disease in the late 1990s, which is also having an impact on their population numbers.
One other problem for them, and all native wildlife, is becoming road kill. Road signs have been changed over the years, and one clever sculpture made out of smashed windshield glass helps convey that message 💙 #devilisle