I wouldn’t count your marsupials before they leave the cover but one group thinks they have photographed a whole family
Certainly not The Tasmanian tiger, or Thylacine, has not been seen since the last known animal died in captivity in 1936
The Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, is a sort of mythical creature in Australian folklore The last documented animal – Benjamin – died in captivity in 1936, but over the next 85 years sightings of tigers have been regularly reported in Tasmania, an island off the south coast of Australia The claims are a constant feature of the local press, but there is a bold new statement suggesting “unambiguous” evidence for thylacine
In a video uploaded to YouTube on Monday, Neil Waters, chairman of the Thylacine Awareness Group of Australia, claims to have rediscovered thylacine on a camera trap set in northeast Tasmania “I know what they are, as well as some independent expert witnesses,” he said, walking down the street with a can of beer in his hand.
Flipping through footage from his SD card, Waters claims to have seen not just a thylacine, but an entire family. You can see the entire video below
“We think the first picture is the mom, we know the second picture is the baby because he’s so small and the third picture is the dad,” Waters says. “The baby has stripes,” notes he, among a litany of other features he provides as evidence According to Waters, the images were sent to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Waters states in the video that he gave the images to Nick Mooney, a thylacine expert, at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) We contacted Waters, Mooney and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, but we did not ‘have not yet received a response regarding the complaints
With no confirmed sightings since 1936, it’s hard to take the latest claims at face value The tiger was known to be a calm and lonely creature, but in 2021 with plenty of cameras for smartphones and fewer and fewer places to hide, what has the tiger been doing all these years? Waters claim in the video that the group is showing tigers breeding, but further examination is now underway
The Tasmanian government’s Department of Parks, Water and Environment believes any type of group would likely suffer from inbreeding, making long-term survival untenable “Even if there were a few remaining individuals, it is unlikely that such a tiny population would be able to maintain sufficient genetic diversity to allow the species to be viable in the long term,” he writes.
“No one can properly watch a video and say it’s definitely a thylacine, without some DNA evidence,” says Andrew Pask, evolutionary marsupial biologist at the University of Melbourne “We have to have a hair sample, a sample of excrement, something that can save it “
Pask studied how thylacine is genetically similar to wolves and dogs at the University of Melbourne “Nobody wants to believe they’re out there more than me, right? Pask laughs
But if it isn’t a Tasmanian tiger, what could it be? Maybe a dog, maybe some other wild creature like a bandicoot Best of all, TMAG finds something unusual in the pictures and then other work like hair traps and poop samples, are taken to confirm the existence of the creature
In Australia, calls have been made to resurrect extinct creatures for more than two decades.In 1999, paleontologist Michael Archer took over as the Australian museum and committed around $ 57 million towards a project that could clone the iconic marsupial from old specimens
World News – AU – Extinct Tasmanian tiger may have been spotted in Australian wilderness