This piece originally appeared on TravelAndLeisure.com.
The world's largest carnivorous marsupial has sharp fangs, screeches like it's possessed, and devours food with a ferocity unmatched in the Australian wild. But the Tasmanian Devil is not as tough as it seems.
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This unusual creature is growing increasingly scarce as an incurable disease attacks the native population. Already confined to the tiny island of Tasmania off Australia's south-east coast, the devil is now being afflicted with a contagious cancer that causes facial tumors and, eventually, death.