Lonely Planet Writer

Watch as adorable Tasmanian devil plays in the snow at this Australian animal sanctuary

It may be winter in Australia, but nothing makes that seem like a better time to visit than an adorable video of a Tasmanian devil enjoying the first snowfall.

The cute little marsupial is a resident of Devils@Cradle, a wildlife reserve in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park in Tasmania. The refuge aims to protect the animals, which have seen their numbers dwindle due to a facial tumour disease that has spread rapidly through the population.

The refuge posted a video of the animal after the area was hit with its first snow. It shows a Tasmanian devil reacting – adorably – to the change in weather. Tasmanian devils are the world’s largest carnivorous marsupials, and are known for the terrifying range of noises they can make – but this little guy is more interested in just sniffing around as the flakes fall.

After viewers were enamoured by the little devil in the video, Discover Tasmania decided to launch a new contest to help name him. Australians can submit their name suggestions to the organisation for a chance to win a trip to the Cradle Mountain area and a chance to see him in person. But non-Australians who cannot enter the contest can still plan a trip to Devils@Cradle wildlife sanctuary. It is open to self-guided visits, but there are also tours, including night tours when it’s easiest to see the mostly nocturnal animals.