A second transmissble cancer has been found in Tasmanian devils.
the first transmissble strain of cancer was found in Tasmainian Devils in 1996 by scientists. Therefore, the Tasmainian Devil is now the only unknown species to have two forms of facial cancer.
This discovery makes the Tasmanian Devil even more vunerable. As they are already endangered.
Tasmanian numbers have dropped dramatically in recent decades. The IUCN estimates that the Tasmanian Devil had between 130,000 to 150,000 devils in the wild. Today they think there is only around 10,000 of them - the last document they have of them is from 2007.
there are only four known transmissible cancers found in nature, one is found in dogs, another is found in clams, and the other two are found in Tasmanian Devils.