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Unseen footage of thylacine cub unearthed


Posted on Wednesday, 16 December, 2020 | Comment icon 9 comments

This is the only known footage of a young thylacine. Image Credit: YouTube / Mike Williams
Researchers have been scouring Australia's archives for long-lost video clips of the extinct Tasmanian tiger.
2020 has been something of a bumper year for vintage thylacine clips with two videos of adult thylacines being revealed to the public back in March and May.

This latest clip however is something particularly special as it shows an actual thylacine cub - only a few months old - pacing around inside its enclosure.
The footage was captured by Reverend Harold Doyle in 1930 before being donated to Australia's National Film and Sound Archive where it had remained undiscovered until now.

It wasn't until thylacine researchers Branden Holmes, Gareth Linnard and Mike Williams started trawling through the archives for thylacine footage that the three clips were brought to light.

This new clip is perhaps the most important of them all because until now there had been no known footage of a juvenile thylacine.

Viewable below, it provides a unique look at what a Tasmanian tiger cub was like.


Comments (9)


Tags: Thylacine


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Carnoferox on 17 December, 2020, 0:26
Congratulations again to @oldrover and colleagues on finding more footage of the thylacine!
Comment icon #2 Posted by oldrover on 17 December, 2020, 9:45
Thanks. Also, I really like the speeded up Peter's pterosaur. They were great. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Chookaburra on 17 December, 2020, 18:24
Awesome! Good work, what a great find.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Eldorado on 17 December, 2020, 18:32
Hiya! What is the proper term for their young? Cubs, pups or joeys?
Comment icon #5 Posted by oldrover on 17 December, 2020, 20:53
Joeys, but I don't know anyone who calls them that. Everyone I know, myself included, calls them cubs. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Carnoferox on 17 December, 2020, 22:52
Nice, I didn't know you followed my Twitter!
Comment icon #7 Posted by oldrover on 18 December, 2020, 10:37
I am on Twitter but don't understand how it works. I saw that on Facebook on Zoology for Enthusiasts, the Tetzoo spin off page. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Carnoferox on 18 December, 2020, 18:17
Ah yes, I forgot it was making the rounds on Facebook too.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Jon the frog on 19 December, 2020, 1:00
That tail is so odd !


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