Thylacine remains extinct, but we still have pademelons

There was some excitement online yesterday, as word spread that a family of thylacines was potentially filmed. Thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian tiger, was declared extinct decades ago, so a confirmed sighting would certainly be a cause for celebration. Unfortunately, wildlife biologist Nick Mooney of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) analyzed the photos and determined that “it is very unlikely that the animals are Thylakine and, most likely, Tasmanian pundits,” according to a spokesman. -voice.

This is not the first time that a possible thylacine has turned out to be a pademelão or a mangy fox. Although there have been reports of sightings of thylacines, none have been confirmed since 1936. According to TMAG, the museum “regularly receives requests for verification from members of the public who hope that thylacine is still with us”.

As seen in this 1935 video of Benjamin, the last captive thylacine, the animals had several distinctive features, including striped rump and rigid tail. Still, it is not difficult to imagine a hopeful observer seeing thylacines in photos of other animals.

As we mourn the mourning for thylacine once again, we can also appreciate the Tasmanian peddler, still alive. Small furry nocturnal kangaroos were part of the carnivorous tilacin diet. They are now extinct in mainland Australia, but are still thriving in Tasmania, and their continued existence deserves some celebration.

Take a moment to delight your eyes with the magnificence of these (verified) photos and videos of kids. To enjoy!

A pademelon and his baby saying hello.
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A pamelao looking straight into the camera, ears forward, through some foliage.

A pademelon possibly having an identity crisis.
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