The Extinct Tasmanian Tiger Has Been Spotted 8 Times

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According to USA Today, the largest predatory marsupial (animals with pouches like kangaroos) in the world may not be extinct after all. The tasmanian tiger has stripes like a tiger but is actually related to kangaroos and koalas . Also known as a Thylacine, the last known living specimen died in 1936 in Hobart Zoo in Tasmania.

Thylacines were apex predators and were the only marsupial apex predator known to have existed in modern times. Although they were an apex predator, they were not very large. Closley related to the infamous Tasmanian Devil, which is a smaller animal, the Tasmanian Tiger was thinner and longer. According to Wikipedia, the description of the animal is as follows:

The mature thylacine ranged from 100 to 130 cm (39 to 51 in) long, plus a tail of around 50 to 65 cm (20 to 26 in). Adults stood about 60 cm (24 in) at the shoulder and weighed 20 to 30 kg (40 to 70 lb). There was slight sexual dimorphism with the males being larger than females on average.


The mature thylacine ranged from 100 to 130 cm (39 to 51 in) long, plus a tail of around 50 to 65 cm (20 to 26 in). Adults stood about 60 cm (24 in) at the shoulder and weighed 20 to 30 kg (40 to 70 lb). There was slight sexual dimorphism with the males being larger than females on average.
Its yellow-brown coat featured 15 to 20 distinctive dark stripes across its back, rump and the base of its tail, which earned the animal the nickname “tiger”. The stripes were more pronounced in younger specimens, fading as the animal got older. One of the stripes extended down the outside of the rear thigh. Its body hair was dense and soft, up to 15 mm (0.6 in) in length. Colouration varied from light fawn to a dark brown; the belly was cream-coloured.

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According to new documents, the animal may not be extinct after all. USA Today reports:

Between September 2016 to September 2019, the recently released document states that there have been seven sightings of the Tasmanian tiger. An eighth report filed in the time period says that the creature was spotted seven years ago.
One witness described the animal as a “large cat-like creature … the size of a big fox.” It was “not fluffy and hairy” like a fox, and “had black stripes on the back side of the body.”
The most recent sighting allegedly took place last November, when a woman saw a Tasmanian tiger and two cubs at Hartz Mountains, located in the south of Tasmania, according to the report.

Long-extinct Tasmanian tigers spotted at least eight times – USA Today via Yahoo!

This is the only known video of the Tasmanian Tiger:

Let’s all root for their existence so we can find out more about these creatures!

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