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Tasmanian Tigers Spotted In Australia Have Kangaroo-Like Tail, Dog-Like Face

by Guenee Salugsugan / Apr 06, 2017 05:13 AM EDT
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Tasmanian tiger has been thought as extinct for decades. However, scientists have immediately begun the search following reports that the species may still exist.

Tasmanian Tiger May Still Be Alive In Australia

The Tasmanian tiger has reportedly been extinct for decades, but latest reports suggest of a likely sign of existence in the deep northern part of Queensland, Australia. Incidentally, Tasmanian tigers have been considered extinct following the death of the last captive in 1936. But based on research, there are currently species of animal that seem to sound like the "tiger."

Furthermore, the marsupial is not actually a tiger, but more of a dog with a pouch, which explains the name due to the stripes on its body. As described by one of the researchers, Sandra Abell, the spotted animal has a kangaroo-like tail and strange hind quarters, including the stripes on its back and dog-like face.

So far, the Tasmanian tiger's appearance closely resembles the description of the two eyewitness accounts, and scientists believe that it would be difficult to mistake it for other creatures given its distinct characteristics. Meanwhile, researchers continue to search the area by setting up cameras for a chance to spot the tiger, BAB World News reported.

Tasmanian Tigers May Likely Be Living In Cape York Since 1870s

Tasmanian tiger sightings have been reported as far back as the 1870s in Queensland's Cape York. In fact, stories continue to emerge every now and then, which makes the latest reports of new sightings no different.

Former tourism operator Brian Hobbs claims to have an unimaginable encounter with Tasmanian tigers in 1983. Incidentally, Hobbs was prompted to share his story after learning of an attempt to clone thylacines by Mike Archer, a New South Wales professor of paleontology.

According to Mr. Hobbs, he was camping when his German shepherd was startled in the middle of the night. He described the animals as something he has not seen before: dog-shaped, tan in color and had stripes on the sides, ABC reported. Watch Thylacine Sighting in Western Victoria 2008 here:


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