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Never-before-seen thylacine footage discovered

By T.K. Randall
May 19, 2020 · Comment icon 42 comments

Benjamin was held in captivity for several years. Image Credit: NSFA
A newly unearthed promotional video is thought to contain the last known footage of a live Tasmanian tiger.
The black-and-white clip, which was released today by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NSFA), had been part of a 1930s travelogue entitled Tasmania the Wonderland.

The animal itself - an individual known as Benjamin - was captured on film pacing around its enclosure at Hobart Zoo in 1935, making this the last known footage of a live thylacine.

"Zookeeper Arthur Reid and an associate rattle his cage at the far right of frame, attempting to cajole some action or perhaps elicit one of the marsupial's famous threat-yawns," the NFSA wrote.
Sadly Benjamin died in 1936, the year after this footage was taken.

While there have been fleeting sightings of thylacines since then, their continued existence remains a topic of hot debate with some researchers remaining adamant that the species is still out there.

You can check out the newly released footage for yourself below.

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Comment icon #33 Posted by oldrover 4 years ago
Tell me about it. This has been a nightmare. If the original release had been syndicated it'd have been fine. Unfortunately this was a rival release.   
Comment icon #34 Posted by openozy 4 years ago
You cant blame them they are truly wild,I remember feeding our fox cat food but I offered it a dead bird and it nearly took my hand off.
Comment icon #35 Posted by psyche101 4 years ago
The Russians have a taming program that's been in place for decades. You can buy a domestic fox, but the price is exorbitant.
Comment icon #36 Posted by openozy 4 years ago
I've seen something about that,the tame foxes are starting to breed different colours,not from human selection.Probably the coloured ones aren't targeted and weeded out by nature,they are learning to be sociable with humans from birth also.Shows how quick ancient dogs probably became our allies.
Comment icon #37 Posted by the13bats 4 years ago
I guess my dads fox was wilder than most
Comment icon #38 Posted by psyche101 4 years ago
That's actually the point of the program    Or there's always a Pomsky...... How awesome is this dog.....  
Comment icon #39 Posted by openozy 4 years ago
He wouldn't last long walking through a sheep paddock here lol.Beautiful animal,as are foxes 
Comment icon #40 Posted by Matt221 4 years ago
Comment icon #41 Posted by KevinCthulhu 4 years ago
Was that when the tiger bit him on the backside?
Comment icon #42 Posted by oldrover 4 years ago
It was yes. Mid-December 1933. 

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