Friday, 11 April 2008

Cure for Tassie Devil?

RESEARCHERS believe they may be on the verge of a breakthrough in the fight to save the Tasmanian devil from a deadly plague that is threatening the species with extinction.The unlikely would-be saviour of the world's largest marsupial carnivore is an unassuming devil named Cedric. In a development described as "the most exciting" in the five-year quest to halt devil facial tumour disease (DFTD), Cedric has shown an immune response to the unique communicable cancer.

Nicholas Cage loves his thylacines

"It would be a wonderful thing if they could find a thylacine," says Nicolas Cage, on set at the Melbourne Museum, who requested his photo be taken in front of the Tasmanian tiger. Cage is in Melbourne to film Knowing.

Extinct NZ South Island kokako spotted

March 2008. Alec Milne, an amateur ornithologist from Golden Bay, in the Nelson region at the top of the South Island, has reported to the New Zealand Department of Conservation that he has recently heard what he believes was the call of the South Island kokako at the head of the Cobb Valley in Kahurangi National Park, near Nelson. In 2005 Mr Milne saw a bird fitting the description of the South Island kokako in the same area.

Yowie captured on film?

Glen Innes researcher Paul Compton captured these intriguing images on a movement-triggered trail camera in NSW Australia.


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