It has been more than eight decades since the last known Tasmanian
tiger died. In that time, the marsupial has become the stuff of textbook
sketches and yellowing photographs, little more than a memory aging
But Thylacinus cynocephalus may still be out there.
Recent “plausible sightings” have challenged the accepted wisdom
that the animal has gone extinct — and have inspired researchers at
Australia’s James Cook University to commence a quest to find it
Let’s clarify one thing right away: this animal is
no feline. In fact, it’s a marsupial — in the same family as kangaroos —
but its face looks a lot like a dog.
“It’s a dog with a pouch,” the university’s Sandra Abell tells All Things Considered. She’s one of the people leading the search in Queensland, Australia.
The Tasmanian tiger, in this photograph taken while the species was still around. terr-bo/Flickr
A Tasmanian tiger in captivity, circa 1930. It is
believed that the last wild thylacine was shot in 1930 and the last
captive one died in 1936.
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Guys they got photographic proof of a supposedly extinct Australian bird that hadn’t been seen for 100 years and now they have ‘plausible’ sightings of the Tasmanian tiger that they’re going to go investigate
This is ‘Benjamin,’ the last known surviving Tasmanian Tiger. He was placed in the Beaumaris Zoo in 1933, died in 1936, and the thylacine species was declared extinct in 1982. (They’re also known as the Tasmanian Wolf.) source
The Oxford Dictionary defines a cryptid as “An animal whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated”.
The last confirmed thylacine was the one, commonly known nowadays as Benjamin, who died at the Hobart Zoo in 1936. Though the species wasn’t officially declared extinct until the 1980s, it’s more than likely it was long gone far before then. However, since Benjamin’s death there have been thousands of supposed sightings of the thylacine, making its official status as “Extinct” hotly disputed.
I found this picture saved to my computer. I remember getting it from an article back in November, but I can’t seem to find that article. Any information on the picture or a link to the article would be much appreciated!
am i the only one who’s still really bitter about the extinction of the thylacine? it was a weird looking lil fucker but i wish i could see one irl instead of old films, pictures, and blurry “sightings”