On September 7, 1936, the last known Tasmanian tiger died in captivity in Hobart’s Beaumaris zoo, Australia.
But last month, Tasmania’s Ministry of Industry, Parks, Water, and Environment (DPIPWE) published a number of documents revealing that Australian citizens have reported seeing the Tasmanian tiger. In the past two years, there have been eight sightings and reported, of which the most recent event was in July 2019.
This creature is also known as the Tasmanian wolf due to its dog-like appearance, or Tasmanian tiger due to its golden brown fur and a strip of black stripes on the back and tail, but in fact they are a member of the thylacine predator family.
The prey of Tasmanian tigers is usually kangaroos, wombats and sometimes sheep and cattle, which makes them a thorn in the face of British colonists, who settled in Tasmania in 1803.
And only about 130 years later, the wild Tasmanian tigers were finally thought to be extinct for human hunting, and that’s all we know about this mysterious animal, but also That is why some experts and hunters still believe that they have never been extinct, the Tasmanian tigers may still be hiding out there.
The most recent report of a Tasmanian tiger was in July: A man said he had found Tasmanian tiger footprints in the mountains near Hobart, Tasmania.
Two years ago, a couple saw an animal that they claimed was “100% sure” that it was a Tasmanian tiger near Corinna, Tasmania.
“The animal has a hard and strong tail, thick at the base. It has stripes along the back of the spine,” cited in a report. “It is about the size of an Australian Kelpie, a very effective working dog for herding only about 20kg, which is quite useful for Australian breeders.” .
Another case of sighting of Tasmanian tigers occurred in February 2018 in western Tasmania, about 120 miles north of Hobart. That report described “a creature that looks like a large feline species” with black stripes on the back of the body.
Template a Tasmanian tiger at the National Museum of Natural Science in Madrid, Spain.
Since the tiger’s extinction in 1936, Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service has investigated over 400 reported sightings. But no one has yielded any definitive evidence, in which the Australian Government has also arrested individuals who filed anonymous reports.
A Tasmanian tiger, circa 1906.
“All the reports seem to be of no value,” said Nick Mooney, a wildlife biologist who is currently in charge of investigating the existence of the Tasmanian tiger. “Hundreds of times we went to locations according to reports but we really couldn’t find anything.”
In September 2017, a group called Booth Richardson Tiger Team created a wave by spreading video clips and pictures of the snout of a strange creature. The group has been recorded by cameras on trails in the Tasmanian wilderness.
“We are 100% confident that it is a thylacine,” tiger expert Adrian Richardson told a news conference after the video was released.
But Mooney still seems skeptical. “The first thing I felt was excitement,” he told Gizmodo, but it was unlikely the recorded images would be a Tasmanian tiger. But from a more optimistic perspective, one could argue that one of the three possibilities is the extinct Tasmanian tiger.
Tasmanian tigers resemble foxes, wolves and big domestic cats.
These creatures are also known as Tasmanian wolves due to their resemblance to wolves. A study in September 2019 also showed the genetic and skeleton similarities between Tasmanian tigers and modern wolves.
Unlike most other marsupials, both Tasmanian tigers and female tigers own bags, they have the scientific name of Thylacinus cynocephalus, roughly translated as “marsupial baboon”.
According to the American scientist Richard K. Nelson, “Thylacine is one of the most special animals on Earth – they are like a kangaroo but have been created to look like a wolf”.
Tasmanian tigers have hard tails like kangaroos, short legs and jaws with 40 to 50 sharp teeth, they can live up to 7 years outside the wild.
The animal has a habit of solitary hunting and often has a habit of nocturnal, they communicate with each other through husky barking, or “dog-like” calls, according to the Tasmanian government.
The modern Tasmanian tiger probably appeared about 4 million years ago. The family Thylacinidae is thought to have originated in the early Miocene generation; Since the early 1990s, at least seven species of fossils have been discovered at Riversleigh, part of Lawn Hill National Park in northwest Queensland.
The closest relative of Tasmanian tigers is the Tasmanian devil, a predator still living on Tasmania.
Tasmanian tigers are carnivores: They hunt kangaroos, wallabies, emus and farm animals like sheep and chickens. Sheep are not actually Australian creatures and perhaps because of that, the flavor of lamb is particularly appealing to Tasmanian tigers, and that has put them in conflict with British settlers. came to Australia in the early 1800s.
Archaeological evidence suggests that the species disappeared from the Australian continent at least 3,000 years ago, but it has grown and thrived on Tasmania.
Tasmanian tigers are timid creatures and are easy to be captured by human isolation and lack of human silhouettes during development, so they have not yet formed a habit of fearing humans.
In 1888, the government of Tasmania began paying trappers and hunters to kill the animals. From 1888 to 1909, the government paid bonuses to 2,184 Tasmanian tigers. Before its extinction, Tasmanian tigers had been around Australia, Tasmania and Papua New Guinea for 4 million years.
In May 1930, a farmer named Wilf Batty shot the last wild Tasmanian tiger after he discovered it in his chicken coop. Competition from non-native dogs and habitat destruction also contributed to the decline of the breed.
The last Tasmanian tiger known as Benjamin, died at the Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart in September 1936. Ironically, the Tasmanian government only declared it a species that needed to be protected for only two months. before.
Benjamin died of exposure after zookeepers accidentally locked him outside for one night. Benjamin’s death marked the extinction of the Tasmanian tiger, but it was not officially declared until 1986.
Today, Tasmanian tigers are still considered the “soul” of Tasmanian culture. Its search has been compared to investigations into the Loch Ness monster mystery.
In 2002, scientists from the Australian Museum even recreated the DNA of Tasmanian tigers, opening up the possibility of bringing the animal back by cloning technology.