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Footage of last known thylacine is colorized


Posted on Friday, 9 August, 2019 | Comment icon 26 comments

When Benjamin died, his species died with him. Image Credit: Archives Office of Tasmania
A fascinating video has emerged showing colorized footage of the last known Tasmanian tiger.
The animal, which was known as Benjamin, was trapped in the Florentine Valley in 1933 before being sent to Hobart Zoo where it lived in captivity for three years.

It died on September 7th, 1936 as the last confirmed member of its species.

Famous footage of Benjamin, which shows the animal yawning and walking around its enclosure, was captured by naturalist David Fleay.

The colorized version was reportedly created using a software program called DeOldify.

The color footage is perhaps the closest we may ever get to seeing a live thylacine in the flesh.


Source: YouTube | Comments (26)

Tags: Thylacine

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #17 Posted by DirtyDocMartens on 10 August, 2019, 2:15
Why do you think that?
Comment icon #18 Posted by Myles on 10 August, 2019, 2:30
Take a look at your link and you will see the issue.
Comment icon #19 Posted by openozy on 10 August, 2019, 2:34
I think it was needed to highlight and bring closer to home that this was a real and awesome Aussie animal.The mentality of the early famers here hasn't changed much with the Gov giving farmers the right to kill every roo on sight with the drought here.Sheep are so much more important than native wildlife $.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Captain Risky on 10 August, 2019, 3:44
Why do they call it a tiger when its obviously got more in common with a dog? 
Comment icon #21 Posted by Seti42 on 10 August, 2019, 4:03
Chupacabra confirmed. I agree with previous posts, though...Seriously, seeing that footage in color makes it more 'immediate' and sad than the B&W footage did.    
Comment icon #22 Posted by Unfortunately on 10 August, 2019, 5:22
The thylacine had distinct black stripes on its back and flanks that led to the whole 'tiger' outlook I believe. I'm not sure about its genealogy in regards to dogs.  Edit: Here's a better picture of the stripes.
Comment icon #23 Posted by openozy on 10 August, 2019, 5:32
Closer to a carnivorous roo.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Piney on 10 August, 2019, 14:24
None whatsoever.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thylacine
Comment icon #25 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 10 August, 2019, 19:34
Yes, and I think too, that if said tract of land has been explored once or twice that people mistakenly think that it proves of the non existence of some creature that was not seen. How silly. How often do explorers not see the snow leopard in their tour? Woodsmen in central US and in the Carolinas hardly ever see the panther but enough have over the years to conclude that it does exist, and the panther is not the most elusive of animals
Comment icon #26 Posted by oldrover on 11 August, 2019, 8:07
I agree, with the current research available on the thylacine's life appearance they went with that colour.  Edit: actually looks like they didn't, this seems to be the result of that colourising programme which picks the colour for you. 


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