New litter is latest fight against tumour

A LITTER of Tasmanian devils born at Sydney's Taronga Zoo could save the critically endangered native species from extinction.

Three joeys, two boys and a girl, peaked out from mum Nina's pouch for the first time on Friday.

The furry youngsters were bred at the zoo as part of a special program aimed at stemming the spread of a deadly facial tumour disease responsible for the steep decline in Tasmanian devil numbers for more than a decade.

All going well the joeys will be strong enough to be on show to the public by the December school holidays.

Zoo keepers suspect another one of their devils, Pixie, is also carrying a tiny family in her pouch but the new arrivals are yet to make an appearance.


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