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A living thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) by 2020?

In 1936, the last known thylacine (also called a Tasmanian tiger) died in a zoo in Hobart, Tasmania. After that the species was presumed extinct, but sightings of thylacines persisted in the following decades, suggesting that some thylacines may have survived.

Several sightings have allegedly captured footage of the animal, and while the footage is compelling, it is not unambiguous.

In September 2017, another thylacine video surfaced, taken using an automated camera trap - although the identity of the animal in the video is a point of controversy among the thylacine community.

In fall 2017, biologist Bill Laurance plans to deploy 50 camera traps throughout the Cape York peninsula in Tasmania, hoping to catch a glimpse of an elusive thylacine - if any still exist.

Will a living thylacine be documented conclusively by 2020?

This question will resolve as positive if credible, unambiguous evidence of a contemporary, living thylacine is reported by a credible news agency on or before Jan 1, 2020. Evidence may include, but is not limited to, clear photographic or video documentation of a living animal.


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