Pity the poor Tasmanian devil.
Really. I mean it.
The New York Times today reports, in “In Tasmania, the Devil Now Faces Its Own Hell,”, by Sandra Blakeslee, the marsupials are facing a dreadful disease, Sarcophilus harrisii.
According to the Times: “Moving at a rate of 6 to 10 miles a year, it is 100 percent fatal. Only the west coast, isolated by mountain ranges inhospitable to devils, is disease free. Nearly half of the estimated 150,000 devils in Tasmania are now dead.”
This cannot be good.