Old zoo devils re­tir­ing types

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Perth Zoo -

UN­LIKE “Taz” the car­toon Tas­ma­nian devil who has been around since 1954, the Tas­ma­nian devils at Perth Zoo are at the re­tir­ing end of their lives.

Ron­nie and Ochre are seven years old and most Tas­ma­nian devils in cap­tiv­ity live to seven to eight years of age, while very few wild devils live longer than five years.

Se­nior keeper Steve Catwell said one of his favourite things about the Tas­ma­nian devils was the way they fought over their food.

“Th­ese guys are a bit older so they are a bit more placid and they re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate us com­ing in to feed them,” he said.

Top: Tas­ma­nian devils at Perth Zoo; and above: Steve Catwell in their en­clo­sure.

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