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One of the most undeserved reputations of all in the animal kingdom belongs to a marsupial, (Sarcophilus harrisii). Early written reports described it as “untameably savage, highly destructive to livestock and with such a fierce bite that ordinary-sized dogs were no match for it.” Even the scientific genus name means ‘flesh-lover’.To read the rest, click on "The Tasmanian Devil". You may get a giggle out of the very short video clip from Bedevilled Rabbit, below.
When a boatload of English officers, sailors and convicts settled by the Derwent River in South Tasmania in 1803, one could understand if they were somewhat apprehensive listening to the devil’s alien shrieks and screams during the night. Some descriptions bordered on the farcical, stating the devil will “slay other creatures for the mere wanton lust of slaughter.”