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Had a really FUNNY experience the other day!

Had a really FUNNY experience the other day!


I was helping a neighbor at a local wildlife park put up some wire on a bird avery. Anyhow, there was this chap there who was a bit of a "card". At one point a pet-pack was wheeled down on a trolley from another part of the park. I assumed there was a wombat inside, as this animal is small enough to fit in this medium sized pet-pack box but a little too heavy to carry any significant distance, hence the trolley. A little later I went into the area where the pet pack had been left so we could unpack old vegetables and bread from a local supermarket and separate all the plastic packaging so it could feed a bunch of Emus and Ostriches kept up in the top paddocks. I was busy ferreting around in the wheelie bins amongst old fruit and vegetables for pits of plastic, when I caught sight of this "card" of a bloke making the noise and going through the motions of being in an accelerating vehicle and using the "air gear stick".
I heard the revving up noise, and he motioned changing gears and uttered, "First", then the second revving up noise, and second "Gear Change" as he uttered the word, "Second!"...but I could not work out where the "revving up" noise was coming from, he wasn't making it...or if he was, he was a good ventriloquist. It was then that I realized where the noise was coming from....it was just slightly more "gravelly" a noise than a human would make and I realized it was the sound of a specific type of Tasmanian Devil "Growl". I came around the wheelie bins of fruit and veg, and there he was, right in front of the pet-pack on the trolley with a young male Devil inside who was being taken to mate with a female in another part of the park. And there it was, the "card" of a bloke, leaning down and looking into the pet-pack and said to the Devil, who seemed to know him and have some repour with him...."Go!" and the devil commenced this "Revving Up" noise, then as he worked the "Air Gear Change", the young Devil paused, then did the "revving noise" again, this happened about five times until he reached, "Overdrive" and then the Devil stopped.
I passed myself with laughter, I havn't seen anything so funny in years!

Apparently, male Tasmanian Devils don't make this noise if a female (human) comes close to them or handles them, but if it is a male (human), the (male) Devil seems to know it is another male (possibly pheromones) and makes this, "this is my patch" sort of "Growl" which sounds almost like an accelerating vehicle!

I searched You Tube and found the above video where the Devil is making much the same noise so you can hear what it is like. Devils make many other sounds in other situations, but only this one sounds like revving an engine up.

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Feb 11, 2016 at 03:49 PM Author: merc
Strange animal.
I've read that their population has been decreasing during last years because of transmissible cancer - facial tumours, causing death from starvation.
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Feb 12, 2016 at 05:53 AM Author: Globe Collector
Yes, that is absolutely correct, the disease is called T.D.F.D., which is an acronym for, "Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumor Disease". It is the first transmissible cancer known to man as far as I know. Quite a bit if research is being done on it, although not as much as would be done if this disease were to afflict an economically exploitable species, which the Devil isn't really except as a curiosity for tourists to gawk at.
Some parts of the Island still have relatively disease free populations, particularly the North-West, (opposite end of the Island from where I live) and there are programs of disease free captive breeding on both offshore islands, like Maria Island and on the Mainland in the state of Victoria.
There are all sorts of unsubstantiated "conspiracy theories" that the disease was artificially created or caused by pesticides, toxins or hormone doppelgangers in the environment particularly around logging coups.
The disease is spread by Devils "scrapping", (squabbling) at a kill, the dominant one gets to feed first and the others must mind themselves....they sort of squabble too so a lot of them can pull a kill to bits they can eat easier. It is during these "squabbles" the disease is passed on. In captive breading programs, Devils are only allowed on a kill one at a time or a fed with bits of meat already chopped up small enough to handle. It is believed that wild populations will die out eventually as the disease takes it course and the wild will then need to be restocked from captive bred "clean" Devils. The disease is fatal to the individual Devil and any Devil found with it is taken to the vet and euthanised to prevent it from suffering. At the moment the emphasis is on acquiring enough genetic diversity in "clean" Devils taken from the wild so the gene pool of the captive bred population reflects that of the wild population.
Here in Tasmania we all love the Devil as our zoological icon....he's a very special plucky little animal with a lot of personality!

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Feb 19, 2016 at 02:23 AM Author: ManofHID
I love Tassie Devils! Fantastic animals!

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Aug 31, 2019 at 01:13 AM Author: Globe Collector
Their smell is a bit....how'd I say it.....Whiffy thoigh.

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Nov 29, 2019 at 10:36 PM Author:
That is downright awesome!
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Dec 02, 2019 at 03:26 AM Author: Globe Collector
I was so annoyed with myself because I did not have a Mobile 'Phone with me, otherwise I would have filmed it!

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