The thylacine remains extinct, but we still have pademelons

A black-and-white image of a Tasmanian tiger, a four legged animal with a face similar to a dog and strips from its mid back to its tail. Its mouth is open in a yawn or growl.
Benjamin, the last captive thylacine. | Photo by John Carnemolla / Corbis via Getty Images

There was some excitement online yesterday as word spread that a family of thylacines was potentially caught on camera. The thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian tiger, was declared extinct decades ago, so a confirmed sighting would certainly be cause for celebration. Unfortunately, wildlife biologist Nick Mooney at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) reviewed the photos and determined “the animals are very unlikely to be thylacines, and are most likely Tasmanian pademelons,” according to a spokesperson.

This isn’t the first time a possible thylacine has turned out to be a pademelon or a mangy fox. While there have been reported sightings of thylacines, none have been confirmed since 1936. According to TMAG, the museum…

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