Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Proof

Yes, I know it's blurry, but that's what happens when you run across a room snapping photos. You'll notice the chicken wire in the photo, that's on the top of the stairs. We were in the doorway attempting to run after the Tassie Devil for a better photo, thus the blur.

My kids are still way over this event, despite the hysterics of the night it happened. In fact, this evening I told them that I'd seen a wallaby on my morning walk, and, I added, "It scared the beejeepers out of me too!" Morgan rolled with laughter, Jayden only wanted to know if I'd spotted a wombat too. The child is so hooked on wombats right now he's asking for a "real live one for my birthday." We've all ready nixed that, but he's holding out hope.

I'm not sure why this is the only foot print photo we have, but it is. The back prints are kinda cute to be honest and a lot more dainty. Weird, but true!  The smudge in the background is where I cleaned up some of the "wet" that was left behind after it parted ways. Did you know that Tassie Devils can emit an odor similar to that of a skunk when they are in distress? This fellow did not stink, which simply proves he was most likely sitting under that bench snickering at the same slides we were!

Did you also know that a female Tassie Devil can give birth to 40-60 babies (imps) at a time? It's true, but only 4 survive because she only has 4 teats in her pouch. Imps are born and race to be the first to the teats, the first four win and the rest don't survive at all! Talk about rough, especially when you're roughly the size of a grain of rice!

Which led us to discuss the fact that if they could get a few non-pregnant Tassie Devil females to lactate they could easily up the devil population in a very short time. While this might sound incredibly insane, and most likely is, we found ourselves discussing it due to the ravaging DFTD.

We knew that Tassie Devils have very little hair on their cute little pink ears, but we happened to learn that you can watch their ears for signs of excitement or distress. Apparently when distressed or excited they had excess blood flowing to their ears and it turns them red. Which made us think of blushing right up to your ears! Our visitor had normal pink ears, yet another sign that he was completely delighted with our entertainment for the evening..

Which made us wonder exactly which slide he liked the best, and my guess is the one with the big tree in it where everyone crowded around hunting for the kola that was supposedly hiding in it. Jury's still out as to which lump in the tree was Mr Kola, but I'm beginning to think I wasn't the only one trying to hide a few snickers and snorts when that when popped up..

Interested in learning a few fun facts about the Tasmanian icon? Check out this fantastic website, which is all I can offer you because I'm afraid I'm just not willing to lend out my field guide! (Second one down; fantastic book!) 

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