It's Beyond Hilarious How Zookeeper Plays With Tiny Tasmanian Devil

StoryfulNewsPublished: September 3, 2017171,211 views
Published: September 3, 2017

We all grew up with cartoons. Some of them more advanced than others, but they all taught us some valuable lessons about life in general. We remember Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky the Pig, but we never really knew what Taz the Devil was. And imaginary character, perhaps?

Taz is actually a Tasmanian Devil, a small marsupial native only to the island of Tasmania off the coast of Australia. The devil is an iconic animal within Australia, particularly Tasmania; it is the symbol of the Tasmanian National Parks and Wildlife Service, and the former Tasmanian Australian rules football team which played in the Victorian Football League was known as the Devils. But this is not what we are here to talk about. We want to tell you about the incredibly sweet bond one little devil has with its keeper.

This tiny and adorable Tasmanian devil tried so hard to keep up with its human friend, a zookeeper at Tasmania Zoo, in a video uploaded to Facebook on August 29. The sweet little joey then joined one of its equally tiny mates in climbing all over their keeper, when its little legs just couldn’t keep up.

The sweet joey sounds nothing like Taz in Looney Toons; in fact, his cries whenever the human gets too far away are as cute as can get! And he is too adorable to handle!

Tasmanian devils may be the little trouble makers, but deep down, they are just and sweet and cuddly as a puppy. This particular one, for example, loves tickles and cuddles. 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. 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!

They might be exotic, but deep down, they are as curious about snow as all of us. Well, maybe not ALL of us, but you know what we mean. When the temperature plunged across Tasmania in June of 2017 (mind you, June is a winter month down under), among those least bothered were the Tasmanian devils at a Cradle Mountain sanctuary. A staff member at the sanctuary captured footage of one of the Australian natives wandering about in the swirling white, appearing curious but undisturbed by the cold snap.

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 characterized by its stocky and muscular build, black fur, pungent odor, 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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      punclejim · 38 weeks ago

      Why are the real ones black and the cartoon one is brown?