We have released 21-second newsreel clip featuring the last known images of the extinct Thylacine, filmed in 1935, has been digitised in 4K and released.— NFSA -National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (@NFSAonline) May 19, 2020
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The Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, was an Australian predatory marsupial that went extinct when the last known specimen, named Benjamin, died in 1935. Now we have a newly-released clip of Benjamin taken just months before his death.
Fewer than a dozen source films, amounting to little more than three minutes of silent, black-and-white footage, of the elusive thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) are known to survive.Read more about the film and see the footage in a larger format at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. (via reddit)
All derive from thylacines held in captivity and photographed in only two locations – Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart and London Zoo. Now, unseen publicly for 85 years, a further precious 21 seconds is being released by the NFSA.
Located within a forgotten travelogue, Tasmania the Wonderland (1935), these recently digitised 4K images represent the preservation of the last-known surviving moving images of Australia’s most famous extinct predator: