Australian archivists have discovered the last known video of a dead Tasmanian tiger. The 21-second clip, from the 1935 travelbook “Tasmania the Wonderland”, has been digitized into a 4K format, adding only three minutes of Predator footage. Other recordings come from Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart and London Zoo, where large carnivorous kangaroos in captivity are known as kangaroos.
In the black-and-white clip, Benjamin, a male Tasmanian tiger, walks in a cage, and the zookeeper and an assistant knock on the cage’s wall in an attempt to provoke a reaction. While it’s not clear who the narrator is, researchers at the National Film and Sound Archive in Australia believe The Tasmania Wonderland was filmed by Brisbane filmmaker and exhibitor Sidney Cook.
“The Tasmanian tiger, easily distinguished by its striped, knotless tail, is also a dangerous opponent,” the narrator says in the clip. “Although like the devil, it is now very rare, forced out of its natural habitat by the footsteps of civilization. This is the only animal in the world that is imprisoned. “
Zoos in Australia, Antwerp, Belgium, Berlin, Washington, D.C., and New York have all held the kangaroo. “We remain optimistic that more shots may appear in other collections,” the NFSA said in a press release.
In recent years, researchers have been able to sequence the genetic code of kangaroos. New gene-editing techniques such as CRISPR are expected to revive the species in the future.