Tasmanian Tiger Survival Theory Gets A Boost Again

November 5th, 2010 - 7:40 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
090511-tasmanian-wolf-02Nov 5, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The issue of the existence of the officially extinct Tasmanian tiger has eluded the animal scientists for decades. In recent times the purchase of what is said to be the remnant of a Tasmanian wolf or tiger has again triggered the controversy. A man named Bill warren bought the hide for only 5 dollars and at that time he had no idea what he would stumble upon later. Even the lady running the garage sale was clueless about it. If it is proved that the skin is derived from a Tasmanian tiger it can fetch the owner anything close to $70,000. In recent times a rug made from the skin of the animal was sold for a whopping $260,000.

The Tasmanian tiger which is also known as thylacine or Tasmanian wolf was known as the biggest living carnivorous marsupial discovered so far. However, in biological terms it is not a tiger. Owing to the tiger like stripes on its body it has got the name. In appearance it resembles a dog more than a tiger. Its original habitat was Australia. Later owing to human invasion it shifted to Tasmania. The human greed for its far and increasing encroachment on its habitat led to its extinction. It was officially declared as extinct in 1936 but even after that many times claims of its sightings have surfaced.

The Tasmanian Tiger is extremely elusive and the people who have claimed that they saw it have not been able to come up with credible evidence so far. However, the possibility of the survival of the animal has not been ruled out completely.

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