But it turns out the real-life creature could hold the key to better health.
Australian researchers say they have made a breakthrough in the fight against infection, finding that milk from Tasmanian devils could help to combat so-called superbugs.
Milk from the marsupial, which is found in the wild only in the Australian island state of Tasmania, has been found to house peptides which have the ability to kill off antibiotic-resistant infections, including MRSA.
The research has been carried out by a team at Sydney University, where experts believe Tasmanian devils have evolved this unique feature to help their young flourish.
Scientists are now looking at the creation of new treatments which copy these peptides.
They have scanned the genetic code of Tasmanian devils so they can find and recreate these infection-blasting compounds.
Emma Peel, a PhD student who worked on the research which has been highlighted in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, said she and the team had found six vital peptides.
Because these are similar to other marsupial’s milk, further research is now set to be carried out into Wallabies and Koalas.
Superbugs can prove deadly to the weak and infirm and, in worst case scenarios, can lead to the deaths of vulnerable people trying to recover from an operation or health problem.
A large percentage of any population will carry MRSA around on their skin and inside their nose and throat. Usually, the infection is harmless, but when it enters the body through an open wound, it can cause serious complications. Currently, it is treated with a range of antibiotics in a bid to get around the issue of resistance.
Now scientists think that marsupials could hold the key to finding a solution as a result of their babies having to thrive in what can be dirty environments.
The new research has been welcomed by leading health experts around the world, who recognise that urgent action is needed to stop loss of life as a result of superbugs. Worrying recent research has predicted that in just over three decades, antibiotic-resistant bugs will kill someone every three seconds until a solution can be found.
Dr Richard Stabler, who is Associate Professor in Molecular Bacteriology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “We need to do this hunting in unusual places for new antibiotics.”