Australia’s Tasmanian devil is more beloved now as it faces extinction from an infectious cancer called Devil facial tumor disease (DFTD). The devils spread it through fighting and mating. The sore tumors grow so large the animal can no longer eat. As of 2006, it was estimated that the Tasmanian Devil could be extinct between 10 and 20 years, with only aproximately 20,000 to 50,000 left. Since there is no cure, it’s a race to keep healthy ones in captivity as the only means to keep DFTD from spreading. It’s still unnerving because no one wants to see a species become potentially extinct in captivity like the thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) did in 1936.