In my third piece of the series, I will be looking at The Tasmanian Devil, often referred to as Taz, and the REAL LIFE Tasmanian Devil.
Taz, is an animated cartoon character featured in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes series of cartoons. Taz is generally portrayed as a dim-witted teenager-type with a notoriously short temper and little patience. He will eat anything and everything, with an appetite that seems to know no bounds. He is best known for his speech consisting mostly of grunts, growls and rasps, and his ability to spin and bite through just about anything. The first Taz cartoon was released in 1954.
The character was based on the real-life Tasmanian Devil, or more specifically its carnivorous nature and voracious appetite. The most noticeable resemblance between the Australian marsupial and McKimson's creation is their ravenous appetites and crazed behavior.
The Tasmanian devil is a carnivorous marsupial. It is now found in the wild only in the Australian island state of Tasmania. The size of a small dog, it is currently the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world. It is characterised by its stocky and muscular build, black fur, pungent odour, extremely loud and disturbing screech, keen sense of smell, and ferocity when feeding. The Tasmanian devil's large head and neck allow it to generate the strongest bite per unit body mass of any living mammal, and it hunts prey and scavenges carrion as well as eating household products if humans are living nearby. Despite its rotund appearance, the devil is capable of surprising speed and endurance, and can climb trees and swim across rivers.
The Tasmanian Devil is listed as Endangered.
Although it is mean and one would be very stupid to try to pet them, they can be pretty cute!!