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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. You can click on each photo for a larger view. If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy the new photos I post a few times a week.

The San Diego Zoo recently welcomed four Tasmanian devils to its Australian exhibit. They’re the only Tasmanian devils on exhibit in a zoo in America, so it’s a pretty cool experience to see them in person. They’re nocturnal animals so they sleep while the zoo is open and visitors come by, but I got lucky enough during my latest visit to see one of them move around a bit. I know these photos are technically not “macro” but this is as close as I can get to a Tasmanian devil, and that’s pretty close.

Here he is waking up from his morning nap.

Macro Monday: Tasmanian devil at the San Diego zoo

Macro Monday: Tasmanian devil at the San Diego zoo

He then got up to get a drink. Check out those claws. They’re made for digging.

Macro Monday: Tasmanian devil drinking

Macro Monday: Tasmanian devil drinking

He went back to lay down after a few minutes.

Tasmanian devil laying down

Tasmanian devil laying down

And then he looked up right at the camera. Pretty cute face if you ask me.

Close-up of a Tasmania devil

Close-up of a Tasmania devil

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About Milka Pejovic

I'm a freelance writer, artist and photographer. I write mostly for business, not enough for pleasure, and I take a lot of pictures of the world around me.

16 responses »

  1. Katrin says:

    Great – I haven’t seen one except from Bugs Bunny movies. It looks more lazy than dangerous …

    • mpejovic says:

      Haha, it’s very mellow. I don’t know why they have such a bad reputation, because they’re mostly scavengers. I think the cartoon has a lot to do with it.

  2. Tasmanian devils: Constantly bad-temperated small marsupial… 😉
    I never saw one of these animals smiling… ;-))
    Uwe.

  3. Carrie Rubin says:

    I’d say that last picture captured his good side. As for his rat-like, clawed feet: cute? Hmm, I’ll have to get back to you on that… 😉

  4. Wow, and as close to macro as safety allowed. 🙂 They are cuter than I thought!

  5. Mary says:

    Wonderful photos! He looks so cute … but to be on the other side of the glass is surely safer!

  6. Hannah says:

    His ears curving backward is kind of cute. He doesn’t look dangerous in the zoo, I would like to see him in action.

    • mpejovic says:

      Tasmanian devils have this weird kind of waddly walk, with their back curled up. It doesn’t look very efficient but I’m sure they can run fast if they need to.

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