by James Brizuela
The Missing residue From the last known thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian tiger, is now housed in an office locker at Hobart Zoo. The remains that are found are significant for the simple reason that these are the last to be found remains of the extant animal, and it has been missing for nearly 85 years. The animal appears to have died at Hobart Zoo in September of 1936, and the remains were then supposed to have been transferred to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) but have never been located.
Zoologists believed that the skin and skull of the Tasmanian tiger had long since disappeared since 1936, and rightly so. However, it was investigator Robert Badel and curator of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Catherine Medlock who discovered that the animal’s remains were Store In the museum’s education office in a closet. The animal was also incorrectly classified, as the remains were taken from a gallery for display across the country with staff Completely unaware They were dealing with the remains of the last known thylacine.
Dr. Medlock also stated that the improper handling of the remains of the Tasmanian tiger was because no one believed in 1936 that it was the last known species after its extinction that year. In fact, the museum was offering a £50 reward if someone was able to capture and bring home a live tiger, but no one ever did. As upsetting as it may sound, we at least know why no one came for the 50-pound reward, because the animal is nowhere to be found anymore.
Dr Medlock also revealed that the remains of the Tasmanian tiger have now been moved to the museum’s zoological department in the Hobart suburb of Rosney. The remains were also placed in a special case intended to preserve the remains as closely as possible, with Medlock saying, “We want them to last, so they are looked after very carefully.” We can imagine that after finding the last remains of an extinct species he would turn those remains into a highly desirable item.
The Tasmanian tiger is a marsupial that was native to Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea. Although the animal had a pouch similar to that of a kangaroo, it was named the Tasmanian tiger because of the stripes on its back, and its anatomy, which is similar to that of a tiger and a wolf. The marsupial was mostly shy and nocturnal, although it has been considered an apex predator, although prey size has been disputed for decades.
The remains of this Tasmanian tiger can now be viewed by the world, or rather by those who take a trip to the Hobart Zoo. If you are traveling to Tasmania, and are able to look at this glorious animal, remind the staff there not to put the deceased animal in a locker. We’re kidding, don’t do that, but be sure to take it Looking at What are believed to be the last remains of a Cannes animal extinct for nearly 90 years.