Sunday, 11 September 2016

4 Days Ago Marked The 80th Year,

that the last,

Thylacine or Tasmanian tiger as it is better known died in Hobart Zoo, despite its superficial resemblance to a large dog, the thylacine was actually a marsupial, with no relation to canines its doglike features emerged as it evolved to fill an ecological niche similar to wolves, it also had the ability to open its jaws up to an angle of 90° which led many settlers to mistakenly think that it would terrorise their flocks of sheep, so they and the government of the time mercilessly hunted the animal to extinction, instantly recognisable by its distinctive striped back, the thylacine also featured an abdominal pouch similar to a kangaroo’s, there are always rumours of one being sighted and there is a move to try and clone one from the remains of specimens, but I fear the only ones we will see are in museums.

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