Three adolescent Tasmanian Devils are on the run following a breakout at a zoo in Perth’s south yesterday.
Early Tuesday morning a large eucalypt crashed into one of the devil’s enclosures at the Peel Zoo in Pinjarra which housed seven of the iconic and endangered Australian animals.
Three of the little devils escaped sparking a frantic hunt by zoo keepers to locate the rare animals.
Traps have been set and the enclosure repaired, but there are fears the devils may be long gone as they can travel over 10-20km in a night, according to a statement from the zoo.
The zoo has warned sheep graziers in the area the carnivorous marsupials may be attracted by lambs or carrion.
The public is also advised they should under no circumstances approach the devils as they can become aggressive if cornered.
Anyone who sights the escaped animals is asked to contact the zoo on 0400 788 289. A reward is offered for information leading to the capture of the animals.
Peel Zoo is a privately owned, self-funded, family business, about one hour’s drive from Perth.