As per a study taken out by a group of researchers from the University of Tasmania, it has been found that aggressive Tasmanian devils are at greater risk to contract Devil Face Tumor Disease. It is said so as during any fight they have been biting the tumors of other Tasmanian devils, which are found in the mouths of less aggressive devils.
The study is said to have contradicted previous studies, which concluded that devils, which are being bitten, are at greater risk of developing the disease.
Lead author Dr. Rodrigo Hamede was of the view that they were themselves quite surprised to see a change in the pattern. "We were hoping to find the animals that have more bites, those are the ones that were going to develop DFTD (Devil Facial Tumor Disease) in the future", he affirmed.
There is need to know more about the disease, as already 85% population of Tasmanian devils has wiped out due to this chronic illness. Hamede said the risk seems to have been expanding to the West Pencil Pine devils, which raises another concern to find a quick solution to the problem.
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