Thylacine: The Tragic Tale of the Tasmanian Tiger

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Is the Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger, still out there? Thousands of Australians, including dedicated and serious scientists, claim to have seen it. The world's largest marsupial predator was deliberately hunted to extinction through fear, ignorance and greed. But was it a savage sheep killer or a shy, fussy, nocturnal feeder? And did it really drink its victims' blood? Once reviled, feared and slaughtered by government decree, the myth of the Tasmanian Tiger continues to grow. So treasured now, the Tasmanian Tiger has become the official logo of the place that wiped it out and a symbol of the conservation movement world-wide. A number of Australian species have miraculously reappeared after having been presumed extinct. There continue to be reports of sightings and large areas of Tasmania, associated with its last-known habitats, are permanently inaccessible to man. Perhaps the Tiger is still with us. And if it's not, can it be brought back by cloning?

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David Owen is the author of nine novels, most of which are set in Tasmania. He is the editor of the Australian literary journal Island and this is his first work of non-fiction.

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