Tasmanian tiger expert dismisses claims the species has re-appeared

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A Tasmanian tiger expert has dismissed claims the extinct thylacine has been re-discovered in Tasmania’s north-east.

“When I was checking the SD cards, I found some photos that were pretty damn good,” Mr Waters said.

In a video posted online by Thylacine Awareness Group of Australia, president Neil Waters said he had captured new photos of a family of thylacines from a camera trap. (Supplied)

“I know what they are. And so do a few independent expert witnesses, expert canine judges, feline judges, and a vet.”

Mr Waters said he believed the photos depicted a family of Tasmanian tigers.

He contacted the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s honorary curator of vertebrate zoology Nick Mooney to gain verification.

However, Mr Mooney said the animals were likely to be a different species altogether.

A Tasmanian tiger expert has dismissed claims the extinct thylacine has been re-discovered in the state’s north-east. (Getty)

“Nick Mooney has concluded, that based on the physical characteristics shown in the photos provided by Mr Waters, the animals are very unlikely to be thylacines, and are most likely Tasmanian pademelons,” a museum spokesman said in a statement.

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“TMAG regularly receives requests for verification from members of the public who hope that the thylacine is still with us.

“However, sadly, there have been no confirmed sightings documented of the thylacine since 1936.”

A cream Striped Red Necked Pademelon. (Peter Rae)
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Pademelons can grow to 1.2m in length and weigh about 7kg.