News – AU – “Hold on to your hats!”: Experts review photos of reported Tasmanian tiger sighting


A Tasmanian tiger enthusiast has claimed to have included photographic evidence of the extinct animal and possible “evidence” of breeding

The community was thrilled after Neil Waters, President of Australia’s Thylacine Awareness Group, shared a three-minute video from a “small town” in northeast Tasmania on Monday

While sipping a can of Boags Draft, Walters claimed a camera trap took photos of a mother, father, and baby thylacine

“When I checked my (sic) SD cards, I found some photos that are damn good,” Waters said in the video titled, “WE FOUND A THYLACINE”

“I can tell you that there are three animals we believe that the first picture is the mother, we know that the second picture is the baby because it is so tiny and the third picture is the father ”

Waters said while mom and dad are “ambiguous,” he was sure the baby was the real deal

“The baby has stripes, a stiff tail, the ankle, the coarse hair, it’s the right color, it’s four-legged, stocky, and it has the right ears,” he said

“Not only do we have a family that walks through the bush, but we also have evidence of breeding that puts our thylacine in a much stronger position than before”

Waters then suggested that the pictures of Joey be taken on Jan. March to release, adding, “Hold on to your hat people!”

The video gained momentum after Forrest Galante, host of Animal Planet, shared it on Twitter in hopes that it has the “potential to be the wildlife rediscovery of the century”

The Thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger, is believed to have been extinct since 1936, but unconfirmed sightings have been reported for decades

Waters gave the images to Nick Mooney, Honorary Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG)

for review

And after reviewing and evaluating the material provided, Mooney issued a statement to The Guardian, concluding that based on the physical properties shown, it is “unlikely that the animals are thylacine”

“TMAG regularly receives review requests from members of the public who hope the thylacine is still with us,” said a spokesman for the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

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News – AU – “Hold people tight!”: Experts review photos of reported Tasmanian tiger sightings