spine-decalcifying love



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  • Ordinarily solitary, Tasmanian devils commune only to feast on carrion and to mate in short-lived passionate couplings during which they tear each other to ribbons. Their spine-decalcifying caterwauls — a sequence of whuffings, snarlings and growlings — have evoked satanic visions since the first European settlers arrived on the island of Tasmania over a century ago.

    (The New York Times, For Tasmanian Devils, Hope Against a Wily Cancer , By Erica Rex, November 18, 2008)

    November 21, 2008