Tasmanian devils have been dealing with a particularly nasty form of cancer for around 20 years, but recent studies reveal there may be hope just yet as nature takes its course.
A second form of contagious cancer has been found in eight Tasmanian devils across southeastern Tasmania. This makes researchers question the rarity of transmissible cancers.
A contagious cancer known as devil facial tumor disease nearly wiped out Tasmanian devils over the last twenty years. After being treated with a new vaccine, 20 captive-bred devils were recently returned to the wild in hopes that their population and diversity will rebound.