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Last thylacine bit cameraman on the buttocks


Posted on Sunday, 11 May, 2014 | Comment icon 16 comments

An image of Benjamin taken by a different photographer. Image Credit: Benjamin A. Sheppard
The last known living thylacine became rather violent while it was being photographed back in 1933.
Biologist David Fleay had gone to Hobart zoo over 80 years ago to take what would become a well known series of photographs of Benjamin, the last known Tasmanian tiger in captivity.

In a new exhibition at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston however, new information has arisen suggesting that this final photo shoot didn't go quite according to plan.

Based on the testimony of Fleay's daughter Rosemary, it has been revealed that the world's last known captive thylacine actually managed to sink its teeth in to the photographer's buttocks following two warning 'yawns' while he was trying to take its picture.

Fortunately Fleay didn't suffer any serious injuries but the thylacine itself sadly died just three years later, taking with it any last hope of saving the species from its inevitable extinction.

Source: News.com.au | Comments (16)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by DieChecker on 12 May, 2014, 1:20
Were this a film, then he'd have mutated into a were-thylacine and gone on a rampage. Like in Howling III? http://en.wikipedia....iki/Howling_III The Australian werewolves have evolved separate from the rest of the werewolf population. They are marsupials - the female werewolves give birth to partly developed young which then makes its way to a pouch. The final shot shows a picture of a thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger, a marsupial carnivore which was hunted to extinction by Australian farmers to protect their sheep. It was the inspiration for the film.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Sundew on 12 May, 2014, 3:02
I guess if you're going to go extinct, go out with a bang and try to take one of your tormentors with you.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Dave From Down Under on 13 May, 2014, 13:04
Please get your facts right - the thylacine is definitely NOT extinct . . .
Comment icon #10 Posted by Peter B on 13 May, 2014, 13:52
Please get your facts right - the thylacine is definitely NOT extinct . . . ?? Which facts are wrong? On what basis?
Comment icon #11 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 16 May, 2014, 13:01
Please get your facts right - the thylacine is definitely NOT extinct . . . Your bark needs some bite. Pun intended.
Comment icon #12 Posted by eaglesareskykittens on 17 May, 2014, 0:55
Can't say I blame the thylacine, it was living it horrid conditions, I'd bite someone to.
Comment icon #13 Posted by FizzPuff on 17 May, 2014, 6:19
*snickers*buttocks. That's an interesting looking animal,
Comment icon #14 Posted by Timonthy on 17 May, 2014, 14:06
Please get your facts right - the thylacine is definitely NOT extinct . . . Hi Dave, are you in Tasmania or mainland? It would be pretty amazing if they were still alive, can you please give a little more information?
Comment icon #15 Posted by The Puzzler on 10 July, 2014, 11:47
Wilf Batty with the last thylacine that was killed in the wild. He looks very proud of himself. Idiot.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Myles on 10 July, 2014, 21:18
Wilf Batty with the last thylacine that was killed in the wild. He looks very proud of himself. Idiot. I don't know that he was an idiot. If they were known to kill livestock then you cannot blame him for ridding his property of it. I get raccoons that kill my chicken that I catch in a cage and kill (drown actually). I don't know for certain that the raccoon is endangered, but I have to kill it anyway. Of course if I knew the raccoon was endangered then I would not put it down. If this guy knew it was the last Thylacine and killed it, then he is an idiot.


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