14 December 2010

This season's Tasmanian Devil joeys had their first ever vet checks at Healesville Sanctuary.


Examination took place under general anaesthesia at the Australian Wildlife Health Centre to assess their health. The specialist veterinary team gave them thorough health examinations and blood samples were collected. They were all micro-chipped.



This breeding season, 24 Tasmanian Devil joeys were born at Healesville Sanctuary.



Healesville Sanctuary is one of a number of organisations now breeding Tasmanian Devils in captivity in the hope that it can prevent them becoming extinct in the wild. The Tasmanian Devil is threatened by a serious Facial Tumour Disease, a fatal and contagious condition that is spreading rapidly through wild populations. Healesville Sanctuary is part of a breeding program to try and save the critically endangered species.


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