Tasmanian Devils set paw on mainland Australia for 1st time in 3,000 years

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The world’s largest surviving marsupial carnivore, the Tasmanian Devil, has been returned to the wild on Australia’s mainland for the first time in 3,000 years. Actor couple Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky joined conservation groups last month to release 11 of the animals into a wildlife sanctuary in New South Wales, with more releases to follow. Devils, the size of a small dog and made famous by the fierce Looney Tunes cartoon character known as “Taz,” were listed as endangered on the United Nation’s Red List in 2008. It is the “the first time in 3,000 years, or thereabouts, that the Tasmanian Devil has roamed mainland forests and as an apex predator, it’s critically important,” said Tim Faulkner, president of conservation group Aussie Ark.