Taking their first steps outside as they begin to unlatch from their mother and start exploring, three new Tasmanian devils at Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary are melting hearts.
The joeys are now five and half months old and yet to be named, but have started to come out with their mum, Mowunna, and enjoy the sunshine at the Mole Creek sanctuary.
With the new additions, Trowunna now has a healthy population of 43 devils.
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Tasmanian Devils remain a threatened species and have faced the devastating facial tumour disease, which has seen a large decrease in wild numbers since it was first recorded in 1996.
For senior Trowunna keeper Adrian Mifsud it was always an exciting time during breeding season - which was usually between February and May.
He said breeding devils at Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary was a rewarding and vital part of the work they do.
Being a part of the Save the Devil Program means each year we pair up suitable devils based on genetics.Adrian Mifsud
"This is to ensure the best possible outcome and success for joeys."
Trowunna has a long history of success in breeding Tasmanian Devils, and the latest arrivals are the park's 21st generation. The Save the Devil Program is funded by the Tasmanian government and Zoos and Aquariums Australasia, and is committed to responding to the threat of devil extinction.
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"Without that support, the devils would be in a rather interesting position", Mr Mifsud said.
He also highlighted the popularity of the devils, with people especially loving the news of devil joeys.
"It helps to keep people in the loop with our breeding, as they are such an icon of Tasmania," he said.
Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary is open everyday except Christmas Day.
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