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Baby Thylacines

Postby TamanduaGirl » Sun May 07, 2017 9:10 pm

Not current(we all wish) but a long lost pic of them.
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Re: Baby Thylacines

Postby Kagney » Mon May 08, 2017 4:28 pm

Bitter sweet seeing this.
Incredible find though, any idea what year it was taken?
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Postby TamanduaGirl » Mon May 08, 2017 5:12 pm

Just said was from the 1920's
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Re: Baby Thylacines

Postby Juska » Tue May 09, 2017 9:41 am

The last one in captivity died in the 30s I think. Last one...in captivity.

People have been spotting what they think are thylacines in the wild for decades, so who knows, they might still be out there somewhere. It's pretty hard to mistake something for a thylacine so I'm inclined to believe at least a few of those claims could be true.
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Re: Baby Thylacines

Postby Ash » Tue May 09, 2017 3:41 pm

I hope they're still out there.

The babies are so cute.
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Re: Baby Thylacines

Postby Peacefulward » Wed May 10, 2017 11:17 pm

Adorable babies. I wonder how they'd be as pets? I'm curious.

Maybe one day we'll uncover a hidden population of them, and breed them enough to safely enter the pet trade. Wishful thinking though, haha.
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Re: Baby Thylacines

Postby Juska » Thu May 11, 2017 7:22 am

Peacefulward wrote:Maybe one day we'll uncover a hidden population of them, and breed them enough to safely enter the pet trade. Wishful thinking though, haha.


They do have a preserved specimen (like those things you see in the jars), so I'm sure they could harvest the DNA and clone them, when that technology becomes relevant again, if/when it starts being used for conservation.

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=120013
The last known Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, died in captivity in 1936, but a team of Australian biologists believes the animal’s extinction may simply be a 70-year hiccup. DNA from a Tasmanian tiger has been found and cloning is underway.

Hope for the rebirth of the tiger — not a cat at all but a striped marsupial wolf — lies in the murky depths of a museum specimen jar, where a six-month-old thylacine pup has sat preserved in alcohol since 1866.

Australian Museum director Mike Archer said he knew 15 years ago the specimen held the key to the return of the tiger, but it was not until Dolly the sheep was cloned in Scotland in 1997 that technology caught up with his dream.

“It became a matter of not if, but when,” Archer said.

...A far more emotional debate rages over the plan to reincarnate the tiger through cloning. Archer has crossed angry picket lines at his museum and his work has been denounced by religious groups who accuse the scientists of playing God.

“My response is that people played God when we exterminated the animal in the first place,” Archer said.


They've also recently renewed the search for them in the wild: http://canadajournal.net/science/back-d ... 6650-2017/
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Re: Baby Thylacines

Postby pat » Fri May 12, 2017 7:49 am

interesting.

geez, I never heard of them before :red-face:
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Re: Baby Thylacines

Postby TamanduaGirl » Fri May 12, 2017 2:30 pm

pat wrote:interesting.

geez, I never heard of them before :red-face:


Maybe you heard of their common name "Tasmanian Tiger"

The problem they have with cloning right now is needing a similar host and the most similar is the Tasmanian Devil but they are too small though since marsupials are born so small anyway maybe it could work. There were some people working on it.
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Re: Baby Thylacines

Postby Juska » Sat May 13, 2017 1:44 pm

There is an artificial womb they have used on lambs in development, so maybe one day they could use that... They'd have to modify it a bit to handle marsupials though I guess.
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