QUESTION: The Tasmanian devil is dasyuromorphia family of carnivorous marsupials. Which of the following animals is also a carnivorous marsupial?
The Tasmanian devil is an endangered species that has almost no wild presence in it native island home to speak of. Its reduced numbers inspire great concern, not just because of its rarity, but because of what happened to what was known as the Tasmanian wolf, or thylacine. Until 1936, the thylacine was the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world. Carnivorous means that they ate other animals, marsupial that it had a pouch in which it carried its young. Thylacine was the victim of human encroachment, and in fact had bounties put out on them to kill them since they were predators of farm animals. The Tasmanian devil has had similar problems adapting to human populations, but has also suffered from something called "devil facial tumor disease," which is fatal. Efforts have been taken to preserve this amazing little animal, about the size of a small dog. There is hope, but it is a sad story.
So let's distract ourselves with the most famous Tasmanian Devil of them all - the member of the Warner Brothers cartoon family (note the capitalized "d" in Devil). His first appearance was in 1954 and, over the next ten years, he appeared in exactly five cartoons before the animation studios closed their doors. The cartoon "Taz" displays a voracious appetite and crazed behavior, the only two things he has in common with his nonfictional counterparts. It should be noted, though, that real devils do not travel like a whirlwind, nor do they make strange whirring or whizzing noises as they move. Our Devil is of the Warner variety, and displayed in the Toy Box.
ANSWER: A) Quolls. The other animals are all marsupials, but not carnivorous. Stick with the quolls for that!