The Tasmanian Tiger

Thylacines, also known as Tasmanian tigers, or Tasmanian wolves, are extinct carnivorous marsupials, the last of whom died in the Hobart zoo on the 7th of September, 1936. The closest living relatives are thought to be either the Tasmanian devil, or the numbat.

Thylacine family at zoo.

Because of the fact that they were decidedly extraordinary animals, they were hunted day and night for their fur or captured to be exhibited at the zoo, for these creatures were known to have jaws flexible enough that, as their main diet was primarily believed to be kangaroos, wombats and wallabies, they could swallow a small kangaroo joey.

Thylacine yawning. See degrees of jaw flexibility. 

Thylacines’ main relations are numbats, dunnarts, wambengers and quolls (see the Study of Quolls, a former post).

 

18 comments on “The Tasmanian Tiger

  1. Adnama72Blog says:

    This is sad.

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  2. de Wets Wild says:

    If we aren’t careful many more amazing creatures and plants will go the same way…

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  3. Orvillewrong says:

    Very interesting Blog, will we never learn that animals mean more than just a fur adornment, so sad!

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  4. Orvillewrong says:

    And then when they are all extinct we will regret it, they should be allowed to live in peace and harmony with us.

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  5. Orvillewrong says:

    So do I, Watching them in their own environment brings so much joy!

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  6. Orvillewrong says:

    The really sad part is that the animals are me civilised than we are!

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  7. Orvillewrong says:

    It certainly requires thought!

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  8. Orvillewrong says:

    I can’t fault you for that, but profit comes before humanity that’s why the world is in such a mess!

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  9. This is so sad,it reminds of the first time i learnt that the quagga was extinct.I wonder how long it will take for humanity to also go extinct,because at the rate were going we’re even killing the very thing that keeps us alive…the earth.

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