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    Can You Watch The Last Tasmanian Tiger And Not Cry Sad Tears?

    Tassie Tiger R.I.P.

    This is footage of the last known thylacine or Tasmanian tiger, filmed in 1933. 😒😒😒

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    Referred to as Benjamin, the thylacine died at Hobart's Beaumaris Zoo on September 7, 1936: which is why today is Australia's Threatened Species Day.

    The 'Save the Tiger' campaign was too late. Lets make sure that doesn't happen again #threatenedspeciesday Image: NLA

    Striped like a tiger, the thylacine was a carnivorous marsupial that preyed on kangaroos, rodents and birds.

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    Its Latin name was Thylacinus cynocephalus: pouched-dog with a wolf's head.

    The thylacine was a slow-moving, shy animal that often died shortly after being captured, most likely from shock.

    Once found throughout Australia and New Guinea, by the 19th century the thylacine was confined to Tasmania, where it began to prey on livestock introduced by British settlers.

    Harry Burrell / australianmuseum.net.au

    This photograph was staged using a stuffed thylacine specimen.

    2,180 bounties were paid by the Van Diemen Land Company between 1888 to 1909 to eradicate the thylacine.

    Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

    Dogs, habit loss and the ending of traditional Indigenous fire regimes are other factors that contributed to the thylacines decline.

    The last known thylacine died 79 years ago today, when its keeper forgot to lock it up and it died of exposure. 😭😭😭

    Australian Screen / aso.gov.au

    PS: although the thylacine is officially extinct, independent researchers Buck and Joan Emburg report 360 Tasmanian and 269 mainland sightings since 1936.

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