What are Tasmanian Devils really like? Find out!
Head to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, a refuge for injured and abandoned animals, and meet real Tasmanian Devils (not the Taz character you know from Bugs Bunny cartoons!)
I was excited by the prospect of visiting the unique island of Tasmania. I knew I would discover amazing landscapes and interesting cities, but I didn’t know I would fall head over heels for a couple of locals. The two boys in question were too young for me, but they caught my eye, then my heart. And oh yes, one’s a devil. A Tasmanian devil.
Tasmanian devils are known the world over because of the Bugs Bunny cartoon character Taz. Before seeing a real Tasmanian devil, like many people, I based my assumptions on what they were like on this crazy cartoon character. Not exactly a reliable source.
So when I realized I had no idea what Tasmanian devils looked like, I was even more intrigued to meet these small carnivorous marsupials. Would they be ferocious? Would they be scary or mean? Was I putting myself in danger?
To learn about Tasmanian devils, I visited Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, a refuge for injured and abandoned animals. The animals live in spacious digs and the eventual goal for most of them is to return to the wild. And while they’re in residence, they help teach people about them and their circumstances.
Here’s the real deal: Tasmanian devils are black, with a few white spots, red ears and a fairly quiet demeanour. These animals are solitary: they aren’t found wandering the countryside looking for a fight!
The wee beastie I met was far from being a brown, ferocious beast who could apparently whirl into a swirl of dust and attack for no reason. At Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, there are 17 in residence; and since this marsupial is endangered, the sanctuary has a breeding program to help the population thrive.
The other animals at Bonorong – kangaroos, wallabys and birds – were just as intriguing … but the other little one that stole my heart was a wombat.
A nocturnal marsupial, this sleek grey animal was happily sleeping when I was there, but I got a sneak peek, and its wee face was enough for me to proclaim my undying devotion.
I highly encourage you to visit Tasmania, if you get the chance, to meet a devil and a wombat — and begin your own love story for this Australian island.