In Australia, a healthy group of Tasmanian devils have been discovered, giving new hope for the survival of endangered species.
They were found by scientists on a nature conservation expedition in southwestern Tasmania
The number of marsupials has been drastically reduced due to the spread of infectious facial cancer.
More than 80% of devils across Tasmania are lost to the disease, according to local media.
It is passed between them when they fight or mate.
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The Search Expedition was funded by a crowdfunding campaign and is a collaboration between the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program of the University of Sydney Faculty of Science, University of Sydney and Toledo Zoo of Ohio in the USA.
Their scientists spent eight days exploring the wilds of Wreck Bay and Nye Bay looking for devils who could catch them to run tests.
After taking tissue samples, they will now examine the genetics of the healthy devils to compare them to the infected populations.
"More importantly, there were no signs of illness, and overall, the results show that the population in this area of the southwest coast is small and healthy."
Save the manager of the Tasmanian Fel program, Dr. Ing. David Pemberton Australia's ABC news network that the find is "very significant"
"Finding devils with new genetic diversity gives us opportunities," he said.
The Tasmanian Devil is the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world and is only native to the island nation of Tasmania, 240 km south of the mainland. Their growling scream helped them to earn their diabolical nickname.
Earlier this year, researchers from Cambridge University said that human cancer drugs could help save the species.