Tasmanian Tiger Episode To Screen This Week

May 14th, 2009 - 4:26 pm ICT by GD  

The new MonsterQuest episode “Isle of the Lost Tiger” is to screen this week featuring the WLMD Expedition carried out in 2009 to look for the Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger. Final results of the expedition, as cited in the summary of the WLMD say, “Even though the final trek of the expedition has not yet been undertaken, a number of positive outcomes have been achieved already. A previously unknown Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle nest was discovered. There are believed to be only about 200 nesting sites remaining in Tasmania. The elusive ground parrot was identified by its call. The WLMD further adds “Coincidentally, only the call was recognized‚ because of last year having examined evidence for its survival in Sydney where it has not been sighted in over 100 years.”

The website describes the episode thus: “A remote island off the coast of Australia was once home to a real monster with vampire-like tendencies. The Tasmanian Tiger, which was known for its massive jaws and sharp incisors, stalked livestock and terrified the human inhabitants of the island before a bounty brought about the Tiger’s extinction almost eighty years ago. But if the eyewitness stories and scientific breakthroughs are correct, this creature may be on the verge of making a comeback. Across Tasmania there have been over 350 sightings of this monster, including reports from experienced biologists and outdoorsmen. Meanwhile, in an Australian laboratory, one scientist is using a preserved strand of DNA in an attempt to resurrect the tiger. Now, the MonsterQuest science and expedition teams will seek to find the ultimate proof that the Tasmanian Tiger could be alive and stalking the subtropical forests of this distant island.”

The Thylacine was the largest known carnivorous marsupial native to Australia and New Guinea. It was also the largest extant member of the genus Thylacinus. While it became extinct on mainland Australia, it did survive for a while in Tasmania and extensive trophy hunting could be a cause for its extinction, among other causes.

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