Scientists are launching a legitimate effort to find the believed to be extinct thylacine. AKA the Tasmanian tiger.
Many Australians think that present-day sightings of the Tasmanian tiger – aka the thylacine – are on a par with seeing the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland. Nevertheless, the past few years have brought numerous credible sightings of this supposedly extinct creature.
To try and finally separate the fact from the myth, a group of scientists is preparing to launch a search for the Tasmanian tiger deep in the far north of Queensland, Australia.
Scientists from James Cook University will place 50 camera traps baited with lures to collect information on two sites in north Queensland. The cameras will be able to detect all species, so regardless of whether they actually spot a Tasmanian tiger, the researchers have said the data will be put to good use. The field work will begin in April this year.
The last Tasmanian tiger, known as Benjamin, is believed to have died at Hobart Zoo on the island of Tasmania in September 1936 (video below). With a head like a wolf, a striped body like a tiger, and a pouch like a wombat, these marsupials were proud apex predators that once roamed across mainland Australia and Tasmania.
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