It’s been a weekend of mixed emotions for the Ballarat Wildlife Park.
The first ever Tassie Devil Day – a fundraiser to support vaccine research to treat deadly facial tumours – has gone ahead with success.
It came as yesterday it was announced 17-year-old Sumatran Tiger Satu had to be put down due to kidney failure.
Tributes for what the park called its “number one” tiger flooded Facebook after the news was announced.
However, Darren Collinson from the park says the celebration for the Tassie Devil was still important to help protect the endangered animal from a devastating condition.
“A very rare disease…it’s passed from animal to animal, and unfortunately it turns into this horrific and very graphic facial tumour which they don’t survive.”