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Tasmanian devils returned to mainland Australia for first time in 3,000 years

Tasmanian devils – the carnivorous marsupials whose frenzied eating habits won the animals cartoon fame – have returned to mainland Australia for the first time in 3,000 years.

Seeing those devils released into a wild landscape — it’s a really emotional moment,” said Liz Gabriel, director of Aussie Ark, which led the release effort in partnership with other conservation groups.

The 11 most recently released devils began exploring their new home once they were freed from cages at the near-1,000-acre Barrington Tops wildlife refuge in New South Wales, about 120 miles north of Sydney. Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth was on hand to help release the creatures.

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