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    Australia: Hunting the Elusive Tasmanian Devil

    Besides the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, kangaroos and koalas, there is another Australian icon that Tutubi was really bent on chasing for it's challenging elusiveness-- the Tasmanian Devil.

    Made popular by Warner Brothers Looney Toons, although "incorrectly" represented, the Tasmanian Devil spins and eats anything in its path in search of the wily Bugs Bunny.

    In reality, Looney Tune's Taz is very different from the real Tasmanian Devil, marsupials endemic to Australian island state of Tasmania. They're nocturnal mammals the size of small dogs.

    In hope of even seeing one, Tutubi visited Taronga Zoo and searched for Taz sleeping inside the enclosure but to no avail. It was at the Australia Museum where he got to see the actual Tasmanian Devil but already a preserved one.

    tasmanian devilTasmanian Devil information and photo posted near an the home of Taz in Taronga Zoo but the elusive little devil may be sleeping in his "hell hole." Note the size of tasmanian devil scaled to the holder's hand

    tasmanian devilThe preserved Tasmanian Devil on display at the Australia Museum in Sydney

    Tutubi dreads the day when many of today's fabulous creatures become extinct and can be seen only in books, websites, movies and museums and not in zoos or at best in their natural habitat.


    Tasmanian devil Scientific Name: Sarcophilus harrisii

    Marsupials: mammals with a pouch (called marsupium), in which females carry their babies. Examples of marsupials include wallabies, kangaroos, and koalas.

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:46 PM,


    At Feb 23, 2010, 5:17:00 PM, OpenID docgelo said...

    i know marsupials from my pre-med classes back in biology but our prof then failed to include taz as one of them. i was also lazy to research about it. thank God for blogs now that are informative and less boring. thanks for sharing.

    it was so nice of you for visiting my site and including it in your blogroll. thank you.
    it's a pleasure seeing in you in po heng even for a glimpse. see you again when we see you! =)

    At Feb 23, 2010, 5:56:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    docgelo, hope you'll recognize me again when you see me as I don't really make "public appearances" that much including that accidental meeting with Ivan at New Po Heng Lumpia House in Binondo :P nice to meet you too

    At Feb 23, 2010, 9:44:00 PM, Blogger dodong flores said...

    We also have our marsupials here like that one in Bohol which is also prone to extinction :(

    At Feb 25, 2010, 6:24:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    that's a pity you don't get to see it. even in zoos, we get aussie animals like the roo, but not the taz.

    At Feb 25, 2010, 11:11:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    dodong, almost all wildlife here are either endangered or critical to the point of extinction...sad but true

    photo cache, i can see Taz in the flesh but i need to wait for it to come out at night :(

    At Feb 25, 2010, 5:29:00 PM, Blogger Sidney said...

    He really looks like a devil ! :-)

    At Mar 1, 2010, 1:32:00 AM, Anonymous thess said...

    Isn't it sad that such animal is in the verge of extinction? As a child I was always fascinated by looney tunes' Taz that it has been a dream to visit Australia, just to see and feel the land where it once roamed around.

    We humans have a big responsibility to ensure the almost-extinct-creatures survive. We need to do our part.

    At Mar 4, 2010, 1:07:00 PM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    I thought the devil lived in New Zealand.
    My mistake, I guess.


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