News – AU – No, the Tasmanian tiger has not been rediscovered

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A leading Tasmanian tiger expert says new imagery purported to be of the extinct Thylacine is actually from an entirely different species

Neil Waters, president of the Thylacine Awareness Group of Australia, posted a video on Monday claiming he had received new pictures of a Tasmanian baby tiger from a camera trap in northeast Tasmania

Mr. Waters said the images were authenticated by a veterinarian and presented to Nick Mooney, the Tasmanian Museum’s honorary curator of vertebrate zoology

But on Tuesday afternoon, the museum released a statement that the pictures did not show a Tasmanian tiger at all

“Nick Mooney has concluded that the animals are very unlikely to be thylacine based on the physical properties shown in Mr Waters’ photos and that they are most likely Tasmanian pademelons,” a museum spokesman said / p>

“TMAG regularly receives review requests from members of the public who hope the thylacine is still with us. Unfortunately, no confirmed thylacine sightings have been documented since 1936”

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The thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian tiger, became extinct in 1936 when the last surviving member of the species died at Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart

The creatures looked similar to dogs – they are often called Tasmanian wolves – but had short ears, stripes, and a pouch on the females to carry offspring

Tasmania had around 5,000 animals at the time of European colonization, but the introduction of animals, habitat destruction, and hunting quickly drove them to extinction

In the video published by the Australian Thylacine Awareness Group entitled WE FOUND A THYLACINE, Mr. Waters strolls through “a small town where a little bit of hops is grown for all that beer” While narrating the video, which appears to have been taken with a handheld camera, Mr. Waters from a can of Boags Draft

“I’ve probably been acting a little weird in the past 10 days,” he says. “That’s because when I checked the SD cards, I found some photos that were pretty damn good”

“I know what they are and also some independent experts, dog judges, cat judges and a veterinarian. I left the pictures with Nick Mooney from the museum. He’s looking at them.

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

Mother and father are “ambiguous”, says a broadly smiling Mr. Waters “The baby is not ambiguous, however. The baby has stripes, a stiff tail, the ankle, the coarse hair and the right color”

“Not only do we have a family that walks through the bush, but we also have evidence of breeding”

Mr Waters previously claimed that his group discovered a thylacine in Adelaide in 2016. That sighting was rejected by the South Australian Museum at the time

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News – AU – No, the Tasmanian tiger has not been rediscovered

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/no-the-tasmanian-tiger-has-not-been-re-discovered-20210223-p5755i.html