Watch Tasmanian Devils Enjoy Winter Wonderland in Australia

first_img Christmas came early: As snow blankets parts of Australia, where June marks the first month of winter, some of the country’s cutest residents are reveling in the wintry conditions.Aussie Ark, home to more than 250 endangered animals, recently released video of Tasmanian devils playing in the snow — and it’s safe to say that the marsupials approve of the snowfall, which had caused travel disruptions in Australia.“Our Tassie Devils woke up to a winter wonderland and had plenty of fun playing in the snow!” the organization posted on their Facebook page on Tuesday.The Tasmanian devil is the world’s largest surviving marsupial carnivore and was once found on the mainland of Australia, but now only found in Tasmania, according to Aussie Ark.Devils are now a protected species, but their survival is threatened by Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD), an infectious cancer that only affects Tasmanian devils. DFTD is transmitted through biting, fighting, and mating and is one of the only cancers known to spread as a contagious disease.The disease was first detected in 1996 and since then, 90 percent of the wild population has gone and the disease is rapidly spreading without any sign of slowing down. Tasmania’s environment stands to face huge loss should the Tasmanian devil become extinct.Aussie Ark is Australia’s largest mainland breeding facility for the Tasmanian devil.More on Geek.com:Scientists Attached Cameras to 16 Cats and Let Them Prowl Their NeighborhoodsThese Special Forces Veterans Are on a Mission to Rescue Florida’s Coral ReefsEndangered Kakapo, World’s Fattest Parrot, Has Record Breeding Season Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on targetlast_img read more