Warner Bros. donates $$$ to Tasmanian Devil
According to the Associated Press, the Australian government says Warner Bros. will donate money to save the Tasmanian Devil from extinction.
The real animals — which don’t actually whir around in little tornados — are being wiped out by a contagious cancer that creates "grotesque facial tumors." Since Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease (warning: photos at link) was first detected in northeast Tasmania in the mid-1990s, more than 90 percent of the devils have perished. Scientiests estimate that within five years, there will be no disease-free population in Tasmania. It is hoped that the uninfected animals can be moved to island sanctuaries.
Paula Wriedt, who is Minister of State Tourism, Arts and Environment (talk about job-sharing!) said Warner Bros. will donate $1 Australian (about $0.82 American) from the sale of each DVD in a new series to be relasaed in Australia. The University of Tasmania will handle the donations.
"This partnership will go a long way to assist in raising funds, awareness and future opportunities to ensure the survival of the Tasmanian Devil," she said.
The AP says that a spokesman for Warner Bros. did not immediately return calls for comment on Saturday. It’s a holiday weekend, people!
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