Apologies lovely readers for an extended absence. Its now my third week back at work after my holiday and I am *still* catching up on the work that built up while I was away! Plus all the work that comes in while I’m trying to do the catching up.
So I have been busier and tireder than I expected with less creative energy for image editing than we would like. There is also the looming deadline for my assignment due at the end of the month, and my text book I ordered from Amazon, paying three times the price of the book in fast shipping STILL hasn’t arrived 😦
However the lovely lady at the end of the online help chat credited back my $40 freight but confirmed the book won’t arrive til next week, ie 3 weeks after I ordered it.
And a couple of days ago I found out my chest freezer is now functioning as a fridge and I have had to buy a new freezer, and have to throw out a lot of food 😦
So have a picture of the Tasmanian Devil, a small singularly unattractive predator that is now the top of the food chain in Tasmania. It is a small animal, about the size of a large cat but a lot heavier in the body and head. They come in the black and white pattern, and also in plain black, depending on the genetic lottery apparently.
Sadly they are under threat due to a face fungus that is devastating the remaining population, and Tasmania is sending animals to various zoos around the world to see if those animals also develop the disease, I assume to identify if its environmental. We are receiving 5 at our local animal park as part of this program.
This was my first time seeing one up close, and its about as close as I wanted to get as they are quite vicious and have an impressive bite. You see them on road signs all around Tasmania, warning they are in the area and as they are nocturnal, the speed limit is dropped to 75km at night. I didn’t do any night driving but I saw a LOT of dead animals – wallabies and kangaroos and possums mostly so it is a necessary warning. For the animals and for the cars.
Fortunately for the Devil, much is being done towards protecting and conserving it, unlike the now extinct Tasmanian Tiger which was hunted til the last one died in captivity in 1936. I saw about 5 min of black and white film, a stuffed one and a skin, that are pretty much all that remain of a such a unique creature. The display was in Hobart Museum which seemed both appropriate and ironic. Sobering stuff.