I had no idea that these were:
- suffering cancerous facial tumors at a rate that may make them extinct critters
I also didn’t know that this type of cancer is much like a bacteria or virus; they can “catch it” from each other.
This little dude has the cancerous tumors.
The Australian government is trying to breed them in captivity and find some resistant to the cancer, which they believe is spread by biting each other during mating.
More at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil_facial_tumour_disease