The Tasmanian Devil
Now found only in Tasmania, in the distant past the Devil lived on mainland Australia too.
The early European settlers believed it killed livestock and trapped and hunted it almost to extinction, but after the death of the last Tasmanian Tiger it was protected.
Since then the Devil has become important culturally. Popular with tourists, it has been adopted by sports teams, businesses and government as a symbol.
But today this unique creature is again threatened with extinction by a deadly disease which baffles science.
Researchers hope to find a cure before it is too late; I hope they succeed.
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