Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Devil of a Problem!

One of the rescued devils.

Though you may feel all maternal when you see this little pup,
Tasmanian Devils are not the sort of aimals to pick up!
As adults they are viscious, though not an enormous size,
And they fall upon each other with banshee shrieks and cries!

However, they are treasured because of their rarity;
Tasmania is the only place that they are found, you see.
But tragedy has befallen these ancient little creatures!
A tumour disease has beset them, destroying their facial features.
I wont display a picture of the ravages that occur,
Let me just say it's hideous, a bulge coming through the fur.
They live in packs and so, of course, they're very closely linked,
And, left to themselves, the Devils will very soon become extinct.
Now to the good news! Where I live the climate is the same!
An inland, mountainous region; Barrington Tops its name.
So an area has been set aside to breed a healthy group,
And it's hoped, in time, to nurture up a healthy natural troop.
It will remain for ever as a special National Park
And I love the name they've chosen; they'll call it The Devils' Ark.
Barrington Tops



Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

So, there not the oddly endearing Bugs Bunny sidekick at all, huh? Glad to hear there's a plan to help them along.

Darryl and Ruth : )

Pondside said...

Yikes - it's hard to work up too much sympathy for such a creature, but the world would be a pretty boring place without every type. I hope they can be saved.

Judie said...

I have seen the most interesting documentary on Tasmanian Devils, and the babies can become quite tame and a pleasure to have around until they are introduced back into the wild.

Teresa said...

That is so sad. I certainly hope this works to save the little devils.

Unknown said...

Aww, they look so cute when they're babies! It's hard to imagine them being the vicious animals they become when they're adults. It's so sad to hear that there's a tumour disease that's destroying them though. I hope that they find a cure for it soon!

Susan Anderson said...

That's quite interesting. Thanks for sharing it!


Donnie said...

So much going on in our world it is hard to keep up.

Jenny said...

I dunno. Those teeth look pretty convincing to just leave them alone!

Thanks for a terrific link to Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "T".


Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

well done story.


Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Oh is sooo cute when it is a baby...especially this image of the one you have here with its little paws clasped in front. But I've seen documentaries on them and whew! they are vicious as they get older!

Thanks for sharing this T post!

Blessings & Aloha!

Kay L. Davies said...

Too bad the babies are so cute, but I'm glad something is being done for the preservation of the species. I hope it works.
Do you have a climate for Polar Bears, too? The polar ice cap is melting and they're drowning. Breaks my little Canadian heart.