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Scientists claim that the long-extinct Tasmanian tiger may still be alive and roaming the wild

Last known tasmanian tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus) died in captivity at Hobart Zoo, in Tasmania, on September 7, 1936. (Image credit: Dave WATTS/Contributor via Getty Images)

Research suggests that the “completely unique” wolf-like Tasmanian tiger that thrived on the island of Tasmania before going extinct in 1936 may have survived in the wild for much longer than previously thought. Experts say there is also a small chance that they are still alive today.

Tasmanian tiger, also known as thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) carnivorous marsupials with distinct stripes down their back. This species was originally found throughout Australia but disappeared from the mainland nearly 3,000 years ago due to human persecution. It persisted on the island of Tasmania until a government bounty offered by the first European settlers in the 1880s devastated the population and drove the species to extinction.