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Also known as a Tasmanian Tiger


More closely related to a kangaroo than a tiger, and on a bad day it may have looked like a dog with stripes, the recently extinct Thylacine is actually a marsupial. It is related to small carnivores like Quolls and Tasmanian Devils from Australia and New Guinea. Like other marsupials, female Thylacines give birth after a very short pregnancy, just a few weeks compared to about two months in a dog. Thylacines also had more incisor teeth and molars than dogs and very different ear bones.  Many people blamed the Thylacine for attacks on sheep, and bounties for hunting and trapping Thylacines were paid right up until 1909.  Until recently the Thylacine was the largest carnivorous marsupial. In the wild, the last Thylacine was spotted in 1930.