15 comments on “Tasmanian Tiger May NOT be Extinct!!

      • All good questions Paul! I’m with you about possibly having the speed to chase down prey, The back legs look to fit this type of hunting. The tail looks like it is heavy enough to aid in balance control and change of direction quickly. Something else about the tail is that these guys may have been able to sit up like a kangaroo with comfort and normalcy.

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  1. Just to be clear the Tasmanian Tiger and the Tasmanian Devil are two different animals as I’m sure you know. However, the two are closely related. This animal had (or has) many similarities to the canine family including sharp teeth, raised heels, powerful jaws (it could open its mouth very widely), and general body form. However, the Thylacine is unrelated to any predators in the Northern Hemisphere.

    The Thylacine was anywhere from 39-51 inches long plus the tail which was anywhere between 20-26 inches long. Adults stood around 24 inches tall at the back and the males had a scrotal pouch which is unique among Australia’s marsupials. It could open its mouth up to 80 degrees wide which is astounding.

    This animal was observed to have had somewhat of a stiff and awkward gait which made it UNABLE to run at high speeds. It was also capable of doing bipedal hops similar to a kangaroo. It could also briefly stand on its hind legs and upright but only briefly. It seems to have been a family pack animal which is likely what the 4 together observed recently were. The Thylacine was a nocturnal animal.

    It’s believed that the Thylacine mainly hunted at night and at twilight immediately after dawn and before dusk. During the day it spent its time sleeping in caves or hollow tree trunks. It made nests of twigs along with bark or other material. It slept in forested areas and hunted in the open at night. It generally avoided humans although it was a curious animal. It carried its young in a pouch like a kangaroo and breeding is thought to have taken place year around but the peak of breeding is thought to have been during the winter and spring.

    Researchers believe the Thylacine hunted by singling out an animal and chasing it down until it was exhausted before moving in for the kill. Likely it hunted in small family groups. Trappers who seen the animals in the wild before its alleged extinction said it was an “ambush animal.”

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  2. By the way…I see that you caught on to my one word reply… 🙂

    Did you see the one with the video capture of the Hobbit in Indonesia? I found that relevant also.

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    • LOL yes I did. No I did not see the video capture of the Hobbit in Indonesia. Can you tell us where we can find it? Are you talking about the video on Animal Planet called “Hobbits Were Real: Are They Still Out There?”. The below pic is from that video.

      Hobbit

      It looks like in late May of 2015 the Animal Planet channel showed a special on this called “The Cannibal in the Jungle.”

      Here is another screen shot from this upcoming special:

      hobbit2

      More info and video can be seen at:

      http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/cannibal-in-the-jungle/videos/hobbits-were-real-are-they-still-out-there-part-1/

      That said, however, I must say here we go again with the fuzzy and grainy pics! If I can go out into the wilds and photo a deer or herd of elk with my cellphone then why can’t these people get the same kind of clear pics I get????

      When you go to the link above and click on the “About the Film” tabe it says the film is an “imaginative leap.” It also says the news show 60 Minutes sent a film crew to investigate whether the Hobbit was extinct or not. They documented a secluded tribe on the Island of Flores where extinct Hobbit remains have been found. That tribe did speak of 3 ft tall humans who are cannibals living in the jungle.

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  3. Ok I think the images on Animal Planet are more believable that the Indonesian glimpse LOL. Regarding the SD thylacine article, it may have been this story you are talking about.

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110503203816.htm

    This study was conducted by Brown University. They question if the thylacine was a Tasmanian wolf or an actual Tasmanian tiger! It was an ambush animal that was unable to outrun its prey (which I did not know) over long distances. They note how its hunting techniques differ from wolves and other canines. They suggest it may have been more cat than dog!

    Brown University studied bones of the thylacine and compared them to other mammals. The concluded that it was a Tasmanian TIGER not a wolf. More cat than dog but clearly a marsupial. They also discovered that this animal could rotate its arm so that the palm faced upwards like a cat. One researcher describes the Thylacine as a cat-like-fox!

    Now wouldn’t this be interesting if indeed the Tasmanian Tiger really did turn out to be an Australian version of a tiger or large cat? They need to do more research on this to find out.

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  4. i saw an archival vid of the Tasmanian tiger and it said the same thing as you, it is a canine marsupial. i have also seen more “modern” vids of the “chupacabra”, myth i say as it is the canine known as Xoloitzcuintli, xolo for short. superstition and snake oil (canola)has made religion and pharmaceuticals billions in profit. the no.1 condiment in the world is olive oil. a little superstition and olive oil and we could be billionaires!

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    • What gets me is the lady in the US (I think she is a vet or anthropologist, who picked up the carcass of a dead one a few years back and had it stuffed. What she has looks exactly like the Mexican Hairless Dog (Xolo) same color, features, and all. Yet the Chuba myth continues.

      Now as for superstition and olive oil….I hear olive oil wards of the queechee monster so everyone had better stock up! 🙂

      Oh wait…..don’t stock up yet, at least not until I buy some stock in an olive oil company. I’ll let you know when to stock up 🙂

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