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Supposed Extinct Tasmanian Tiger May Have Been Caught on Film Twice in Australia

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Could this be evidence the Tasmanian tiger, previously thought to be extinct, has survived in Australia? 

The Thylacine, better known as the Tasmanian tiger, was a carnivorous marsupial of Tasmania, Australia and New Guinea. It is best known for going extinct after the last one died in captivity in 1936.

Or did it? The Tasmanian tiger has become something of a cryptozoological legend ever since.

Rumors that the species actually survived into modern times have persisted for years. And now, two videos have surfaced that may lend credence to the idea.

This first video was shot in 2008 but is only now being released. The Thylacine Awareness Group believes it may be the real deal. The woman who took it allegedly saw this presumed extinct animal about a dozen times over a year-long period.

It certainly looks like the old pictures of Tasmanian tigers that are readily available online.

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Unfortunately, because the video was taken on older camera technology and is zoomed in, it's impossible to tell if the animal has the trademark stripes, but, as you can see in the video, the Thylacine Awareness Group found plenty to be excited about.

The 2008 video is actually the second alleged piece of Tasmanian tiger footage to hit the web recently. Earlier this month, the group posted this clip, which supposedly shows a Tasmanian tiger in Adelaide, South Australia. Unfortunately, this video is much more fleeting.

Neither video is definitive proof the Thylacine is alive. Skeptics online have claimed the videos may show nothing more than foxes with mange. Still, this has to be encouraging for researchers still on the hunt, especially since they've gotten some new sighting reports in the wake of the footage. It would certainly be exciting news to hear that a species declared extinct has been found alive.

What do you think? Could the Thylacine have avoided its alleged extinction in relative secrecy all this time?

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Supposed Extinct Tasmanian Tiger May Have Been Caught on Film Twice in Australia