Extinct Animals - Memories # 1 The Tasmanian Tiger with a Rare Video from 1933
Some animals we will probably never get to face again they have been extinguished for decades or centuries already on our planet.Old videos or images from archives give us the memory of these animals. Many species are today close to extinction caused by deforestation, Pollution, hunting and other influences. It saddens me that every extinct animal is a great loss to our world and to our descendants, to all of us.
The animal I want to remember today is called the Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine. Much of this animal has never heard anything, which is not surprising that it is considered extinct since 1936.
When it was tried to protect this beautiful creature it was already too late. The last known specimen - a female named Benjamin, who was considered a male all his life - died in the night of 6 to 7 September 1936 in the meantime Closed Beaumaris Zoo of Hobart in Tasmania.
In Tasmania, the species was still widespread and common at the beginning of the 19th century. Following the introduction of sheep on the island, the Thatch Wolf got the reputation of a bloodthirsty hunter, although in reality most of the sheep were killed by feral domestic dogs. In 1830, the government suspended a one-pound bounty on each killed wolf. In the 1860s, the species was limited to the more inaccessible mountainous areas in the southwest of the island, but hunting with traps and dogs continued unabated. Around the year 1910, the species was considered rare. Zoos around the world went in search of these animals.
The Thylacinus cynocephalus, also known as the Tasmanian Wolf, Beuteltiger or Tasmanian Tiger, was the largest predatory marsupial living on the Australian continent in historical times.
Tailwolves reached a body length of 85 to 130 centimeters, a tail length of 38 to 65 centimeters and a weight of 15 to 30 kilograms. Her shoulder height was about 60 centimeters. Her coat was short and rough, dyed gray or yellow gray. Striking were the 13 to 19 black-brown horizontal stripes on the back of the body and on the tail root, which he owes his name "Beuteltiger" and which served the camouflage. His face had white lines around his eyes and ears. The pouch wolf had striking similarities in body structure with some predators of the family of dogs (Canidae) and thus represents a prime example of convergent evolution. The skull was built slightly wider, the tooth formula was 4 / 3-1 / 1-3 / 3 -4/4 x2, for a total of 46 teeth. Similar to dogs, the canines were long and the molars sharp. It is noteworthy that the animals were able to open their lower jaw very far, according to some data up to 90 degrees. The limbs were rather short, the legs ended in five toes. The animals were toe-goers and probably reached a speed of up to 40 km
A rare video from 1933 gives us the opportunity to bring this wonderful creature back to life before our eyes.