Adorable Tasmanian Devil Joey Enjoys Tickles And Cuddles

StoryfulPublished: January 13, 20171,305 views
Published: January 13, 2017

Marley the Tasmanian devil joey has become the mascot for a fundraiser aimed at preserving the species from extinction, playing a starring role in new footage from The Australian Reptile Park. Not just a Looney Tune, the Tasmanian devil is some of Australia's most unique little creature that is unfortunately at risk of extinction from disease and dwindling in numbers.

Tim Faulkner, who works at the park, can be seen tickling, cuddling and running around with nine-months-old Marley in the footage which includes a link to their fundraising page, aimed at doubling the number of Tasmanian Devils living at the park’s “Devil Ark”.

Tim Faulkner is the General Manager of Devil Ark, which is a place dedicated to protecting Tasmanian Devils from extinction. Watch as Tim takes this baby Tasmanian Devil for a run and enjoys his company! Who knew that Tasmanian Devil joeys can be so adorable!

It is surprising that this tiny marsupial loves tickles, cuddles and fundraising initiatives. He runs around the park and teases his human. It is too cute to watch!

The Tasmanian devil is a carnivorous marsupial, native to mainland Australia and is now found in the wild only on the island state of Tasmania, including tiny east-coast Maria Island where there is a conservation project with disease-free animals.

With the size of a small dog, the Tasmanian devil became the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world following the extinction of the thylacine in 1936. It is characterised by its stocky and muscular build, black fur, pungent odour, extremely loud and disturbing screech, keen sense of smell, and ferocity when feeding. The Tasmanian devil's large head and neck allow it to generate among the strongest bites per unit body mass of any extant mammal land predator, and it hunts prey and scavenges carrion as well as eating household products if humans are living nearby.

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