The 10th and so far final cryptozoological article this time examining the thylacine or Tasmanian tiger that officially went extinct in 1936 but is there a remote chance that they may have evaded their cruel fate?
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The thylacine is probably the most famous example of human caused extinction. This unique marsupial, also known as the Tasmanian tiger or Tasmanian wolf went extinct in Australia about 2000 years ago and the last verified specimen dubbed Benjamin died in Hobart Zoo in Tasmania in 1936. Thylacines are believed to have been driven to extinction because of the introduction of dingoes but also especially because humans saw them as pests and shot them whenever they had the chance. As you can see on the picture above the thylacine could be troublesome and this sadly led ignorant and shortsighted humans to kill it off.
It is always a tragedy when an animal goes extinct, but since this is a cryptozoological article I have to admit that there is a slight possibility that maybe a few of this critters have succeeded in keeping themselves isolated from humans.
Even though the last specimen was caught in 1933 and died in 1936 the sightings actually didn’t stop. There have been hundreds if not thousands of eyewitness reports after the alleged extinction. The Tasmanian tiger has of course been sighted in Tasmania but also quite a lot in south western Australia and even in New Guinea.
A few pictures have been taking and a few videos have been filmed as well but there is of yet no conclusive evidence that suggests that the thylacine is still alive. It depends on who you ask. Most mainstream scientist agree that this wonderful animal is with us no more but some cryptozoologists and eyewitnesses think otherwise. I suggest that you research the issue thoroughly yourself and make up your mind what you think. Believe me there are some pretty interesting photographs taken after the alleged extinction and even fascinating video footage. It’s impossible to say for sure if the Tasmanian tiger is extinct or not but until conclusive evidence is made it will be considered a goner… But who knows if you are taking a walk in the forest try to step outside the path where fewer people have been. If you are lucky and do this in Tasmania you might just be able to see this;
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If cryptozoology is one of your interests or if it’s becoming one of your interests you might want to check out the other fascinating cryptid animals in the links below: