Southlands Replicas Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger)
This Male Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger, Tasmanian Wolf) figure (SR00000) is from a new series created by an Australian store (MiniZoo), specializing in the wonderful and unique animals found on the island continent. Approximately 10.5 cm long and 6cm tall. WARNING: Small Parts. Not for children under 3 years.
The thylacine (or Tasmanian tiger) is famous as a large predatory marsupial predator from Australia, New Guinea and Tasmania, driven to extinction in the early 20th century. As a group, thylacines are known as fossils from at least the Miocene of Australia. The ‘tiger’ name refers to the striped coat pattern, and not its relationships as they (and other marsupials) are very distantly related to tigers and wolves. To this day, there are still claims that thylacine may still persist in some areas of Australia and Tasmania, but to this day nothing has been confirmed. Current cloning projects are also under way to try to revive this unique animal.
Fun facts about the Thylacine: The Thylacine (or, Tasmanian Tiger) was the largest marsupial carnivore now widely believed to be extinct. The jaw of the Thylacine could open to a 120 degree angle, in a way to defend themselves against threatened danger. The very last Thylacine known to man died from exposure to the cold as it was left outside of it’s closure one night at the Beaumaris Zoo.(from the MiniZoo Australia website)