Cheeky devils could be keys to future
IT WAS the first check-up for these little devils who are part of a nationwide breeding effort which may hold the future of the Tasmanian devil.
The four baby devils have had their first medical checkup with staff at Monarto Zoo near Adelaide who checked the teeth, joints and eyes of the fluffy critters.
Native animal zookeeper Simon Dower said staff waited five months after the pups were born in April before examining them and determining their sex.
“We do the first health check about five months,” Mr Dower said.
“It is the best time to get a handle on their condition.”
The one male and three female pups were given a clean bill of health and were microchipped.
Since 1996, the population of Tasmanian devils in the wild has reduced by as much as 80 per cent and they are considered an endangered species.
The breeding program at Monarto Zoo involves 23 devils which are matched up with a metapopulation of more than 700 of the marsupials which are either in captivity or on offshore islands.