News – AU – Australian man claims to have photos of a family of Tasmanian tigers

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Posted: 00:19 GMT, 24 February 2021 | Updated: 01:15 GMT, Jan. February 2021

A man from Northern Tasmania claims to have photos of a family of three Tasmanian tigers, last seen alive in 1936 and officially declared extinct 35 years ago

Neil Waters, a well-known Tasmanian tiger hunter with the Australian Thylacine Awareness Group, posted a video on Monday describing three animals that appear in new photos that he says are elusive marsupials / p>

But Mr Waters was so confident that he sent the photos to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery for evaluation – and said he expected them to agree and help put the breed under threat, rather than extinct

A jubilant Neil Waters posted a video claiming he has photos of a family of three Tasmanian tigers and is awaiting confirmation from experts

Using high tech equipment that he used in a remote part of northeastern Tasmania, Mr. Waters is willing to camp in the bush for a few years to find evidence of the animal, shown here in a historical photo are shown

‘We know that at least three are wandering around northeast Tasmania to keep doing so Congratulations to everyone, we did it, cheers! ‘ Mr Waters said in the clip

But the expert, Mr. Waters, confided his photos Nick Mooney, Honorary Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart, quickly poured water on the claims

“Nick Mooney has concluded that, based on the physical characteristics shown in the photos provided by Mr Waters, the animals are very unlikely to be thylacine and most likely to be Tasmanian pademelons,” one said Statement sent by Daily Mail Australia

Pademelons are a type of wallaby and were thought to be part of the Tasmanian Tiger diet

“TMAG regularly receives review requests from members of the public who hope that the thylacine is still with us,” the statement continues

Mr Waters, who has around 60 cameras in the bush to capture evidence of Tasmanian tigers, explained how he came across the photos

“When I checked the SD cards, I found some photos that were pretty darn good,” he said on his video

‘I know what they are, and some independent experts, canine experts, cat judges, and a veterinarian have seen it so far’

A Tasmanian pademelon, a type of wallaby believed to be part of the diet of the Tasmanian tiger

A historical image of a family of Thylacines in captivity before they were declared extinct in 1986

‘I can tell you that there are three animals We believe that the first picture is the mother, the second picture is the baby and the third picture is the father

He admitted that two of the animals in the pictures he took on Jan. March wanted to publish publicly, “are ambiguous – but not the baby”

‘The baby is not ambiguous. The baby has stripes, a stiff tail, the ankle, the coarse hair, it is the right color, it is four-legged, stocky and it has the right ears’

‘So not only do we have a family that goes through the busy times, but evidence that breeding it puts our thylacines in a much stronger position than it has for the past 30 years’

Thylacines aka Tasmanian Tigers were officially declared extinct in Tasmania in 1986.The last one kept in captivity died in Hobart Zoo in 1936, but is believed to have survived in the wild until the 1960s

Mr Waters claims to have seen a Thylacine in Tasmania in 2010, and in 2014 he re-established the Thylacine Awareness Group

On the Strangest Things podcast released in January 2021, Mr. Waters said there had been “thousands” of sightings and he believed it was just a matter of when, not if, if it was proven the marsupial was still alive

He said there is an unofficial word that there could be as many as 100 breeding pairs of tigers in the wild, and he was willing to camp in the bush until he found evidence

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