Rare video of Benjamin, the last Tasmanian Tiger, shot in 1935 released online by NFSA | Watch
New Delhi | Jagran Trending Desk: The island country is home to many rare mammalian creatures, but post the European settlement, just like any other country in the world, its wildlife too witnessed a declining graph.
Recently, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) released a video of the last Tasmanian Tiger, a species that is epidemic to the Australian subcontinent. Thylacine or Tasmanian tiger was one of the largest marsupial known, now is no more found on the planet. The species was exclusively native of Tasmania, New Guinea, and the Australian mainland, that asserts, its absence anywhere else in the world, not even in the unexplored parts of Amazon.
The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia had posted the video on microblogging site Twitter. Posting it they wrote for their tweet," We have released 21-second newsreel clip featuring the last known images of the extinct Thylacine, filmed in 1935, has been digitised in 4K and released.
We have released 21-second newsreel clip featuring the last known images of the extinct Thylacine, filmed in 1935, has been digitised in 4K and released.— NFSA -National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (@NFSAonline) May 19, 2020
Be sure to check out the footage of this beautiful marsupial. #NFSAOpenOnline #TasmanianTigerhttps://t.co/s3JSAnmFck pic.twitter.com/FSRYXCTTMy
The video of the animal, who was treasured for the unique pattern of stripes on its rear side, was shot back in 1935. After having no clues for its existence for 85 years in public, the black and white video was released by NFSA today.
This video has been extracted from a travel vlog, titled: Tasmania the Wonderland. The author of the video is not known, but the videographer is heard saying in the video "This is the only one in captivity in the world. The Tasmanian tiger is now very rare, being forced out of its natural habitat by the march of civilization."
The animal seen in the video was named Benjamin and the captivity where the animal was video graphed before it died is Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart, Tasmania, as per the press release. Beaumaris Zoo is now not functional and is one among the two zoological parks in the world where the Tasmanian tiger got captured in the camera, the other was taken in the London zoo.
According to the museum, the species went through a natural extinction from the Australian mainland, around 2000 years ago, and were confined to Tasmania.
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