The birth of three baby Tasmanian Devils for the first time in breeding season at Taronga Zoo in Sydney has hinted that the species at a risk of extinction would continue existing down the road too, a recent report says.
It is being said that the unnamed joeys are another family to their mother Nina, who has proved a great mum till now. Amongst the three, one is female and two others are male, as per determination of sex by zookeepers. The report finds that in order to do the same, zookeepers have waited long for them to grow up.
Besides, the iconic species conceived by Nina are a big contribution to the insurance breeding program, says the report. The babies have even been fed as part of the same with the belief that it would help them fight a facial tumour disease, potentially fatal. The illness does not allow them live more than six months.
However, visitors would be able to see these devils sometime by December. As per the findings, Pixie, another Tassie devil is also to give birth to her young ones. The number of members could be determined only after birth though.
"It's a very exciting time at the zoo - and very nice to see the new babies", said koala keeper Becky Usmar.