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Wild Tasmanian Devils Showing Signs of Success Against Tumor Epidemic

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Tasmanian Devil - ABC News video snippetA program to establish a wild population of Tasmanian devils free from facial tumors is showing early signs of success.

In response to the disease that has already killed up to 90 percent of the species, the Save The Devil program released 15 healthy devils on Maria Island, off the state's east coast, in November.

Wildlife biologist Phil Wise says they have already started breeding.

According to a Reuters report, Australian scientists unveiled new research in March that may lead to a vaccine for the contagious cancer, which started spreading in the wild in 1996.

(READ the story and WATCH a video at ABC

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