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The Tammar Wallaby (Macropus eugenii), also known as the Dama Wallaby or Darma Wallaby, is a small member of the kangaroo family and is the type species for research on kangaroos and marsupials.
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It is found on offshore islands on the South Australian and Western Australian coast. It is classified as vermin on Kangaroo Island, where it seasonally breeds in large numbers and damages the echidna habitat on the island.
The Tammar Wallaby was seen on West Wallabi Island in the Houtman Abrolhos off Western Australia by survivors of the 1628 Batavia shipwreck, and recorded by Francisco Pelsart in his 1629 Ongeluckige Voyagie. This represents the first recorded sighting of a macropod by Europeans, and probably also the first sighting of an Australian mammal.
The Tammar Wallaby has three subspecies:
This wallaby's small size (approx 8kg, similar to a large cat) and ease of keeping in captivity makes it a popular zoo animal.
Australian scientists, lead by Dr. Ben Cocks, have found a compound in the milk of the Tammar Wallaby called AGG01 which has the potential to be a ‘miracle cure’ and just as revolutionary as penicillin. AGG01 is a protein and in laboratory testing AGG01 has been 100 times more effective than penicillin, killing over 99% of the pathogenic bacteria (both gram-positive and gram–negative) and fungus that it was incubated with, including Salmonella, Proteus vulgaris and golden staphylococcus.
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