The supposedly extinct ‘Tasmanian Tiger’ has reportedly been spotted on several different occasions in the last few years. As The New York Post reports:
Details of the sightings, which span from 2016 to this year in the island state of Tasmania, are documented in a report by the country’s Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.
Sightings of the mammal, which looks like a combination of a dog, cat and fox, were reported as recently as August — when a man recalled seeing a “Tassie Tiger on his land 7 years ago,” the government report noted.
The last known Tasmanian Tiger (now extinct). 1933. pic.twitter.com/XsiUHnUe6U
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A month before that, a hiker reported seeing a footprint on Sleeping Beauty mountain that he later Googled “when he got home and believes it was a Tasmanian Tiger footprint.”
And last year, two people said they were “100% certain that the animal they saw was a thylacine” after one allegedly walked in front of their car.
The last Tasmanian tiger was supposed to have died in a zoo in 1936. Sightings like the ones recently documented in the Australian government’s reports, however, may force the scientific community to revaluate that theory.