A group thinks they have photographed an entire tiger family, but a museum expert has dismissed this claim
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 Unlike, say, the Chupacabra, it was a real beast, but the last documented animal – Benjamin – died in captivity in 1936 during For the next 85 years, tiger sightings have been consistently reported in Tasmania, an island off the southern coast of Australia The allegations are an almost monthly article in the local press, but there is a bold new statement suggesting “unambiguous” evidence for the existence of 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 a few 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 only a thylacine, but an entire family. You can see the full video of Waters 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 says in the video that he handed the images to Nick Mooney, a thylacine expert, at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) A TMAG spokesperson said Mooney has now reviewed and evaluated the material by M Waters Tuesday afternoon local time
“Nick Mooney concluded that, based on the physical characteristics shown in the photos provided by Mr. Waters, the animals are very unlikely to be thylacines and likely to be Tasmanian pademelons, “TMAG told CNET Mooney added that the stills are” not that exciting “
A pademelon is a small marsupial similar to a wallaby, with very little hair on the tail
With no confirmed sightings since 1936, it’s hard to take claims like this at face value The tiger was known to be a calm and lonely creature, but in 2021, with the abundance of smartphone cameras 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
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
Updated Feb 23: Added additional comments from TMAG and Nick Mooney Reworked title to explain thylacine was not spotted
World news – UA – Sorry, the extinct Tasmanian tiger has not been spotted in the Australian wilderness