Extinct Tasmanian Tiger Really Alive?

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The Tasmanian tiger was listed as extinct nearly 80 years ago, but now a team of British naturalists are on the prowl to prove that the species is still alive, the Guardian U.K. reports.

Thylacinus cynocephalus. Credit: Wikimedia

Properly named a thylacine, the "Tassie tiger" is the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times. The stripes on its back resemble those of the jungle cat after which it is named. Though the last known thylacine died at Hobart Zoo in Tasmania on Sept. 7, 1936, some believe the animal is alive and well in the island state's remote northwestern region.

The British researchers searching for the species are part of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, based in Devon, England. They claim to have spoken with several credible witnesses who allege to have seen the thylacine. The group is performing a DNA analysis on feces it found to determine if it belongs to the animal, which was hunted to extinction (or possibly only near-extinction) by European settlers for fear it would kill livestock.

While the Tasmanian government has stated there is "no conclusive evidence" that the thylacine still exists, the Centre for Fortean Zoology team is scouring the Tasmanian topography in hopes of gathering more evidence to prove the animal still roams. No thylacine paw prints or dead thylacines have been found at this point.

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mohd faizan

wow i wish they were alive

Thursday at 4:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Merle

Wouldn't that be wonderful!!:)

November 13 2013 at 12:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
punnster

I hope that a thylacine still exist. But then, I have always hoped that politicians in Washington would demonstrate some intelligence and business and economic acumen.

November 13 2013 at 1:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tr120r

Scientist could set out motion detecting cameras through out those specific regions and set them to work and different intervals and simply wait. Its been gone for over 70 years from human eyes what's a few more years. They might be on to something here. If it pans out positive then we as humans should simply back away and let the Thylacine(s) live their remote lives.

November 13 2013 at 1:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bosco

The Dodo bird exists. I live next to him.

November 12 2013 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
edgarlongenecker

They're all, in govern mental, administrative, zoos....those scriptozooillogicals... Edgrrr...

November 12 2013 at 11:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Buckingham's

I have NO DOUBT that a thylacine could be living in the vast wilderness of the Australian outback. It's remote, largely unexplored, and incredibly vast, and mainly uninhabited; perfect for cryptozoolgical animals like the thylacine or the Yowie.

November 12 2013 at 8:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GoldLions

Hope it's true but doubt it.

November 12 2013 at 7:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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