Australians have always held out some kind of hope that the tassie tiger was never actually extinct just very good at hiding.
So much so, that some Aussies have spent their lives looking for it. And there’s been some pretty convincing video that has popped up over the years, even as recently as this year footage was taken of a bizarre hopping creature in Queensland.
Now a trio called the Booth Richardson Tiger Team, or BRTT believes they’ve got definitive video evidence of the creature’s existence.
The BRTT set up 14 cameras, 50 kilometres from Maydena, Tasmania to capture the Thylacine. The team claims the footage taken includes the Tiger’s bark and the creature nosing the boy’s camera.
Adrian ‘Richo’ Richardson has been trying to find the tassie tiger for 26 years of his life. And he’s convinced the footage has captured the tassie tiger. Richardson explains to ABC:
I don't think it's a thylacine, I know it's a thylacine
Greg Booth, one of the members of the BRTT, believes he accidentally stumbled across the tiger on Good Friday 2015.
"It was sitting down and looked at me; I was about eight feet away from it.
I noticed his paws … you could see the stripes, the tail of the animal went down, and it had a bit of a curl right at the end
"Seeing the animal [changed everything], that's why we did this.
"[Before I saw it] I never believed in them. It's marvellous what you can take note of when it's in front of you."
Booth, however, never reported the sighting as he wanted definite proof to corroborate his story. Booth’s father, Joe was always a firm believer in the Thylacine’s existence.
The team brought the footage to local wildlife expert Nick Mooney to analyse. And although the footage was far better than other Thylacine footage he’s seen, he still believes it’s a one in five chance it could be a Thylacine.
The trio is now in the process of showing other wildlife experts the footage.
Video: Youtube, BRTT