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Tasmania: Curious Life of Quolls

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Summary

The eastern quoll, a cat-sized marsupial with pointy ears and speckled fur, was once found throughout south-eastern Australia. Disease and predation by foxes and feral cats have devastated the species. They disappeared from the Australian mainland in the early 1960s, but continue to exist on the island of Tasmania.

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You may not be familiar with quolls. They’re feisty little spotted marsupials who only live in Tasmania, like a cross between a mouse and a squirrel, but wearing a polka dot jumper. For this delightful film, we follow naturalist Simon Plowright as he spends a year on a deserted farm, miles from anywhere, which has been colonised by quolls.

In among the derelict buildings, the little quolls hunt and squabble, nosing around and exploring, winsomely. In some excellent scenes, they have stand-offs with other furry critters – possums, wombats and something called a pademelon. But their real enemy is a feral cat, who considers the farm his patch.

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