Tasmanian Devils are named because of their spine-tingling screeches in the night. They are the world’s largest marsupial (animal who carries its babies in a pouch) that eats meat. Powerfully built, they have strong jaws and can eat 10% of their body weight in a day. Imagine if you ate four kg of meat every day! Even though their name makes them sound scary, they are actually quite shy and tend to eat dead animals rather than kill their own prey.
At Taronga Western Plains Zoo, the Devils live in a specially designed enclosure that looks just like their home in Tasmania. So far they have produced 13 young devils, part of a captive breeding program to make sure these fascinating animals don’t disappear. Here’s a photo of three little joeys in their nest at the Zoo.