A long-thought extinct Tasmanian tiger may still be alive after it was possibly spotted in a video posted online
The animal was declared “extinct” in 1936.
Filmed in 2008 but only released on Friday, Thylacine Awareness Group founder Neil Waters says there are a number of features which would indicate the animal is a thylacine, or a possible subspecies of it.
The Tasmanian Tiger is striped with a long stiff tail like an extended tail bone, which doesn’t wag like a dog, as well as thick neck and is much stockier than a dog or a fox, all of which Waters claims is evident in this footage.
Waters says the way the animal walks is also like that of thylacine, as opposed to a dog or fox.
According to the group, the woman who filmed the footage spotted the creature around 12 times over a period of 12 months, with its “prehistoric looking head” catching the woman’s attention.
Another aspect of the animal’s manner caught the woman’s attention too.
“I Googled how fox’s urinate and they urinate like a normal dog. But this thing, backed up against one of those reeds there and just sprayed like a male cat would,” the woman said.
But there have been numerous unconfirmed sightings over the years, some in Tasmania and some on mainland Australia.
Intensive hunting along with the introduction of dogs and the loss of habitat have been blamed for the extinction of the species.