Chris Hemsworth helps return Tasmanian devils to Australian mainland after 3,000-year absence

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Actor Chris Hemsworth and his wife, actress Elsa Pataky, helped release 11 Tasmanian devils on Australia’s mainland last month, where the animals have been extinct for around 3,000 years. Working with wildlife conservation group Aussie Ark, Hemsworth and Pataky released the devils at a 1,000-acre wildlife sanctuary at Barrington Tops National Park in New South Wales. Aussie Ark has for the last decade been building a population of Tasmanian devils “and learning everything they can about the animals, including about their reproductive physiology, behavior, and ecological needs” ahead of the reintroduction in September. According to Aussie Ark, Tasmanian devils became extinct on mainland Australia as they were outcompeted by dingoes. The dingoes never made it to the island state of Tasmania, where the devils continued to thrive. However, the devil facial tumor disease, a cancer first described in the 1990s, has devastated the population on the island, reducing it by around 90 percent, to around 25,000 animals. For more info, please go to https://globalnews.ca/news/7378309/tasmanian-devil-australia-comeback/ Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/20fcXDc Like Global News on Facebook HERE: http://bit.ly/255GMJQ Follow Global News on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1Toz8mt Follow Global News on Instagram HERE: https://bit.ly/2QZaZIB #GlobalNews

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