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Animal is anaesthetised at last (6)


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'animal' is the definition.
The answer is an example.

'anaesthetised at last' is the wordplay.
I cannot really understand how this works, but
'at' is found in the answer.
The remaining letters 'numb' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't understand.
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(Other definitions for numbat that I've seen before include "insectivore" , "Australian native" , "Termite-eating marsupial" , "one bright-eyed and bushy-tailed?" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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