Remains of last Tasmanian tiger thought lost are found in drawer after 85 years

  • Tiffanie Turnbull
  • BBC News, Sydney

One of the last known Tasmanian tigers pictured at Hobart Zoo

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One of the last known Tasmanian tigers pictured at Hobart Zoo

The remains of the last known Tasmanian tiger – believed to have been lost for 85 years – have been found hidden in an Australian museum’s closet.

The animal died in captivity at the Hobart Zoo (capital of the State of Tasmania, an island located in southern Australia) in 1936 and its body was donated to a local museum.

The thylacine (also called the Tasmanian tiger or Tasmanian wolf) earned its nickname from the stripes on its back. But it was actually a marsupial, the kind of Australian mammal that raises its young in a pouch.

What happened to its skeleton and its skin afterwards gave rise to a mystery that lasted for decades.

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