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Thylacine by Pickleweasel360 Thylacine by Pickleweasel360
Made for the Extinction Creatures Contest at :iconnationalyarnographic: [link]

The Thylacine is one of my favorite animals. Often called a Tasmanian Tiger or Tasmanian Wolf, it's actually a marsupial, not a wolf or a tiger. The Thylacine resembled a large, short-haired dog with a stiff tail similar to a kangaroo. Unlike the kangaroo, it's pouch faced the opposite way. It had anywhere between 13 to 21 stripes from its back to the base of the tail, often why its called a Tiger. Most of the artistic renditions of this animal had cream colored bellies and a large white patch under the stripes. Its hard to tell from the few black and white photos the exact colorings. There are a few taxidermy examples, and they seem not to have those colorings. So that's why I decided to make it this way.

Drawing: [link]
Taxidermy: [link]

Blamed for a large number of sheep killings, the government placed a bounty on them in order to control the population. However more were killed then were claimed. That isn't the only thing that was believed to lead to their extinction. The extinction of its prey, disease, and competition from wild dogs introduced by Settlers were also factors. Many sightings have been reported, but no proof has been found that they still exist.

Here is one of the few photos taken of the real thing: [link] Here is a link to the wikipedia page where you can find out more: [link]
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SpiritstarArtist Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student Artist
MadeWithLove8 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fantastic work! :clap:
Toonicorn Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ah, the poor old Tasmanian Tiger. Let's hope that geneticists WILL find a way to bring him back someday...

BTW, a great and original crafted figure. Faved!
Rookie141 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lace910 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
kaelby Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW, it looks lovely. great job! and thank you for informing me about such an interesting creature I didn't know anything about until now :)
VB-lurvs-gummy-bearz Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Student Writer
HERMEGERSH.... Tazza :iconhappyheartplz:
YarnHoardingDragon Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I say you can tell the lower back and bellies has a bit of a lighter coloring you can see it in the photos as well as the taxidermy ones. It may not be white but it's probably just a tad lighter. But I'm sure not all thylacines have that but it seems to be a common thing. I so adore this little guy, I really need to work on my soon :3 I may use it for the baby challenge on crafting-on-camera. ^.^ Give him a bonnet and diaper to make it really baby like. It's sad since there aren't really many pictures of their cubs...pups?....babies? Their babies wouldn't be called joeys right? I'm so confused.

But I like that you didn't add the slight coloration :D it's admire it :D I'm probably just used to the idea of their lighter coloration so I'm mostly likely biased. It is a very pretty Tasmanian tiger :D
ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so cool It looks very cuddly
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