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Tassie Day 5 - Tassie Devil, Woolmers Estate & Ghost Tour!

2007.12.20
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The Famous Tasmanian Devil is the world's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial.
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Although only the size of a small dog, it can sound and look incredibly fierce.
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Adult males are usually larger than adult females. Large males weigh up to 12 kg, and stand about 30 cm high at the shoulder.
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Today, devils are found in some north, east and central districts where some farming practices (e.g. rangeland sheep grazing)
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Tasmanian Devils are nocturnal and sleep during the day and hunt by night, they known to travel long distances in one night sometimes up to 15km.
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Tasmanian Devils are solitary mammals. These two are sisters.
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They may look cute and cuddly but have powerful jaws and teeth and are reputed bad-tempered
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The devil is mainly a scavenger and feeds on whatever is available. Powerful jaws and teeth enable it to completely devour its prey -- bones, fur and all. Wallabies, and various small mammals and birds, are eaten -- either as carrion or prey. Reptiles, amphibians, insects and even sea squirts have been found in the stomachs of wild devils. Carcasses of sheep and cattle provide food in farming areas. Devils maintain bush and farm hygiene by cleaning up carcasses. This can help reduce the risk of blowfly strike to sheep by removing food for maggots.
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This Wallaby wasn't hanging around for a photo and quickly bounced off!
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Doe, a deer a female deer!
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An Alpaca or Lama nor sure which one!
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All these goats and sheeps had a huge personalities and provided us with loads of great photos
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Both these eagles are the biggest Birds of Prey in Tasmania. One of them was shot in the wing and will never fly again, however the other was electricuted and is expected to fly off in the next couple of months.
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A blue tongue lizard!
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Woolmers Estate
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The gardens were phenomal - just beautiful!
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The Rose Garden holds hundreds of types of roses.
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Just one of the historical sites on Woolmers Estate - it must have been used as a Blacksmith Shop.
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This was the place where the coffins were made it in the early days it was never considered haunted. The backpackers place resided behind it - a lot of backpackers went on this ghost tour and one backpacker in particular was so impressed he booked another tour the next night. He never made it - the Backpackers was destroyed by fire and he never survived. Since them orbs and other activity have been recorded.
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Some more orbs caught here where a husband and wife were brutally murdered on a dark stormy night!
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Today we went to Devil Haven which holds Tasmania's famous Tasmanian Devil along with a few other animals! It was fantastic to see them so up and close!

However sad news there used to be over 250,000 Tassie Devils and now there are only 40,000 due to a disease which is causing them to develop tumors and die - the exact cause is unknown and there is no cure. Hopefully they find a cure before it is too late.

After a few hours at Devils Haven we made a small detour towards longford and visited the Woolmers Estate a pioneer farm of the early 1800's and for six generations the estate was lived in by descendants of the Thomas Archer family who were known never to sell their possesions, thus creating a complete time capsule.

After a long day we headed back to our hotel and had a quiet one before heading to the streets of launceston for our Ghost Tour, which was fantastic and really interesting! I caught a few orbs as you can see above! I must admit I am into all the ghosty stuff!
4 Comments
chrisfly Thank upo for the tour! It was fantastic, keep it coming...
chrisfly · 2008-01-13: 05:15
chrisfly I meant Thank you
chrisfly · 2008-01-13: 05:15
vollenda Your photos of the Taszmanian Devil are amazing, so much of their character comes thru. They look so cute but I've seen nature shows on what they can do!

The Ghost Tour must have been great fun. Ooh, the orbs are so mysterious! I'm with you on that!

Thanks for shairing!
vollenda · 2008-01-13: 18:22
vollenda P.S. Forgot to mention that the gardens and your photos of them are gorgeous. I love #24.
vollenda · 2008-01-13: 18:23
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