Recording Recovers Memory of Extinct Tasmanian Wolf
The history of our planet spans millions of years and has witnessed the rise and fall of various animal species. Throughout this time, there have been five mass extinctions caused by natural disasters and environmental changes. However, the current concern revolves around the potential global extinction that could be caused by artificial intelligence, with some comparing its power and danger to that of an atomic bomb, like Bill Gates.
Human beings have played a significant role in recent extinctions, such as the dodo bird and other animals that have disappeared from the Earth for almost a century. One such animal is the Tasmanian wolf, which inhabited the rugged lands of the island of Tasmania in Oceania.
Fortunately, a recording has surfaced, bringing back the memory of this extinct creature. The recording features the Tasmanian wolf, a mammal that was officially declared extinct in 1936, although there is a possibility that it survived until the 1970s. The last confirmed sighting of a living specimen was in the 1930s.
The Extinction of the Tasmanian Wolf
Human activities have been responsible for numerous extinctions, whether through uncontrolled hunting for personal gain or due to superstitions. Habitat destruction caused by human intervention or the introduction of other species has also contributed to the demise of many species in Oceania’s delicate ecosystems. One such species that recently disappeared is the Thylacinus cynocephalus, commonly known as the Tasmanian wolf, which shares certain similarities with the smaller Tasmanian devil, focusing on smaller prey.
The Tasmanian wolf was known for its ability to open its enormous jaws and its unique hindquarters covered in hair. Despite living on the islands for over 11,000 years, it could not withstand the threat posed by humans.
When humans arrived in Tasmania, relentless hunting of the Tasmanian wolf ensued, primarily due to the risk it posed to livestock. The animal would enter cattle enclosures and cause significant damage. Unfortunately, human hunting parties relentlessly pursued the populations of these animals, ultimately leading them towards extinction.
Scientists closely monitored the Tasmanian wolf as it was a native and unique species to the region. Despite attempts to keep it in captivity, the species could not thrive in this environment, and the last known specimen died in 1936. It is believed that small colonies may have survived until the 1970s, but they remained undiscovered by humans.
A short video clip has emerged, showcasing the Tasmanian wolf as it once was. The footage features one of the specimens that were kept in captivity. HistoricVids, a historical video account, has brought attention to this documentary piece.
Footage of the last known Tasmanian Tiger which became extinct in 1936. These animals were also known as ‘thylacines’ and were recognized for the distinctive stripes on their lower back.
The species was originally found across Australia but disappeared from the mainland roughly 3,000 years ago… pic.twitter.com/MfZXK6DdoN
— Historic Vids (@historyinmemes) September 3, 2023
- It is an extinct animal.
- It became extinct due to human activities.
- Fortunately, its memory has been recovered through this video.
- The animal in question was kept in captivity in a zoo.