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First Tasmanian Devils born in the wild of Australia mainland in 3,000 years

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CANBERRA (Reuters) – Tasmanian Devils have been born in the wild of Australia’s mainland for the first time in more than 3,000 years, a conservation group said, with seven newborns raising hopes the endangered animals can sustain a new breeding population. The world’s largest surviving marsupial carnivore, Tasmanian Devils were wiped out on the mainland after being hunted by dingoes, a type of wild dog, and have been confined to the island state of Tasmania ever since. Numbers there too have dropped since the 1990s due to a facial tumour disease and there are believed to be fewer than 25,000 l…

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