BTN TASMANIAN DEVILS

Three facts I have are that the mother Tasmanian devil gives birth to about 30 joeys. But the mother has only four teats so usually only four of the joeys make it. It was believed that Tasmanian devils died out across mainland Australia about 400 years ago.

Two understandings that I have are Tasmanian devils’ population has been cut by more than 80% and they’ve made it onto the endangered species list because of a disease called the Devil Facial Tumour Disease.The disease is a special type of cancer because it is contagious. And that because the tumours build up around the animal’s face and mouth it can’t eat and it starves to death. Once a devil gets it, the devil usually only has about six months to live.

A question I have is why are Tasmanian devil mothers less pregnant in captivity?

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