Aussie openers Cowan, Warner 'meet their match' in Tasmanian Devils!

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 06:41 hrs

Australian opener Dave Warner may have sunk his teeth into many with his first class bowling attack but he met his match in 'Chompers', a five-year-old Tasmanian Devil.

Warner and his opening partner Ed Cowan visited Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary just north of Hobart where Chompers lives with her sister, Pee-Wee, two endangered Devils that were orphaned and hand-raised at the sanctuary from the age of three months.

A Bonorong official said told Warner and Cowan that despite their fearsome reputation were friendly with the hand-raised Devils.

"It is the first time I've actually seen one, which is interesting. I didn't realise they were that slow and I thought they were a bit more aggressive than what they are," quoted Warner, as saying.

"They actually look okay but I definitely wouldn't be picking one up if I saw it in the street," he added.

According to the report, Cowan, originally from NSW but now a fully fledged Tasmanian, said he was well aware of the Devils' plight as they battle facial tumours that have wiped the indigenous species from some parts of the island state.

"Having moved down here and now seen a lot of the state, it is now an unavoidable issue. It is something I think that is worth people being aware of, the plight of the devil. I am aware of the issues they face and it is nice to get out here and show some support," Cowan said. (ANI)

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