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Sunday, January 08, 2006

Devilish gift for Danish prince

Devilish gift for Danish prince

COPENHAGEN Zoo has been allowed to import tasmanian devils as part of a royal wedding gift.

They are expected to arrive in Denmark in April.

Copenhagen Zoo's science and conservation director, Bengt Holst, said the zoo had received the necessary veterinary import approvals to allow the devils into the country.

The Tasmanian Government said in October it would give a breeding pair of devils to the zoo, to mark the birth of Crown Prince Frederik, Hobart-born Crown Princess Mary's first son.

While the Federal Government has yet to approve the export of the animals, in Denmark preparations are well under way.

Mr Holst said the transfer of the devils would take place when an enclosure was finished in April.

A zoo representative will also travel to Tasmania before the transfer to learn more about the animals.


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