The surprising sighting of an officially ‘extinct’ Tasmanian tiger after 80 long years has made animal researchers rush to Australia to have a glimpse of the mammal.
The thylacine, unofficially and more popularly known as Tasmanian tiger has been reportedly re-sighted after the death of the last member of the specie in 1936 at Hobart zoo of Tasmania, which has motivated scientists to look for the mammal in the wild.
Tasmanian tiger is not really a tiger though and appears as a large dog with a long stiff tail and the large stripes on its back. Although there have been few reports of its sighting over the years, none of the leads have provided actual proof of its existence.
James Cook University scientists have decided to start looking for the Tasmanian tiger afresh based on firm reporting from the locals in Queensland. The search mission would be led by Dr. Sandra Bell, using the camera trap tactic with hi-tech equipment.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the major cause behind thylacine’s extinction is persecution primarily. The ill-treatment and oppression had a big role to play in making this species an endangered one along with fatal diseases and habitat loss.
The curiosity about this mammal is at its peak among the animal lovers across the world which prompted Australia’s James Cook University to initiate the hunt but the lead researcher of this hunt Sandra Bell has said that she is in search of few more plausible data to wholly believe the reporting.
Thylacine, a carnivorous marsupial, has been found this time in the mainland Australia unlike its residence 80 years back in Tasmania. Everyone await the sighting claim to come out true to have a glimpse of this beautiful creature once again in real.