However, scientists doubt that the video and photos show Thylacine.
Neil Waters, a photographer from Australia, claims that he managed to photograph a thylacine, or Tasmanian wolf, which is considered extinct since 1930. The man submitted several pictures to the Museum of Tasmania and is now awaiting a verdict from scientists.
Neil Waters said he set up photo traps in the forests of Tasmania (an Australian state 240 km away) in the hope of capturing the elusive thylacine, and now, after receiving a few pictures, he believes that the Tasmanian or marsupial wolf has survived. And now it should be transferred from the category of extinct to the category of “endangered animals”.
“These photos are not fake, they are not a joke, our specialists are real people, not actors,” says Neil, who works for the Thylacine Awareness Group and notes that the animal is very similar to thylacine: it has characteristic streaks on the back. parts of the torso and long tail.
Nick Moon, a zoologist at the Museum of Tasmania, believes that Neil Waters was in a hurry to draw conclusions, and the animal may be one of the species of wallabies that live in the same area. But photos and videos published online have already aroused great interest among scientists. After all, Thylacine also called the marsupial, or Tasmanian wolf has been considered extinct since 1930. The last animal in captivity died in 1936 at a private zoo in Hobart, the last wild wolf was killed in 1930.
Since then, Tasmanian wolves have been photo-hunted, as scientists and enthusiasts believe they have survived in impassable forests. In March 2005, the Australian magazine The Bulletin offered a $ 1.25 million reward to anyone who caught a live marsupial wolf, but the prize is still unclaimed.
The Tasmanian wolf, or Thylacine, is the only member of the marsupial family that has survived the historical epoch. His description was first published in the works of a London magazine in 1808 by amateur naturalist Harris.
He was also mentioned by travelers from 1642, when the Dutchman Abel Tasman first arrived on the island, later named after him. Aborigines depicted a wolf in rock paintings. The extermination of thylacine began in the 1830s. There were legends about its fury, the number of animals killed was estimated at hundreds, and wolves died of diseases that the settlers brought with their domestic dogs.
An attempt was made to clone a marsupial wolf in 1999 using material from museums, but the DNA cells were too damaged and the project was shut down six years later.