The thylacine remains extinct, but we still have pademelons
There was some excitement online the other day as word spread that a family of thylacines was potentially captured on camera. The thylacine, also referred to as the Tasmanian tiger, was declared extinct years earlier, so a verified sighting would definitely be trigger for event. Wildlife biologist Nick Mooney at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) reviewed the pictures and figured out “the animals are really not likely to be thylacines, and are most likely Tasmanian pademelons,” according to a representative.
As a tasmanian, I really believe the thylacine path camera will be a pademelon. The man has a history of misinterpreting pademelon for thys. For those questioning how: Padys are the right color and their fur will frequently make the illusion of stripes, particularly down the base of their tail. pic.twitter.com/IFv6SXosvk
— Peevish Jabberwocky (@HikoryDikory) February 23, 2021
As seen in this 1935 video of Benjamin, the last captive thylacine, the animals had a number of differentiating qualities, consisting of striped rumps and stiff tails. Still, it’s not difficult to think of a hopeful observer seeing thylacines in pictures of other animals.
As we mourn the thylacine once again, we can likewise appreciate the still-living Tasmanian pademelon. The small, bushy-furred nighttime wallabies were as soon as part of the carnivorous thylacine’s diet.
Take a moment to feast your eyes on the greatness of these (verified) images and videos of pademelons. Enjoy!
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