In the striped and hairy history of the Tasmanian tiger, those who believe the extinct animal has quietly survived have offered up all kinds of evidence. The animal, also known as a thylacine, was declared extinct 80 years ago. But over the decades various people have offered hazy eyewitness accounts and undocumented physical evidence as proof that some are still out there. This week, images circulated by a group of amateur enthusiasts was met with both excitement and scepticism. The grainy video footage, posted online by the Thylacine Awareness Group, purports to show an animal with a long tail moving through a backyard. Amateur researcher Neil Waters claims it shows a small thylacine, alive and well in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills. He has a theory that the carnivorous marsupial may have survived undiscovered on mainland Australia because it is an migratory apex predator which may burrow dens.

striped: adj. 有条纹的;有斑纹的

thylacine: n. 袋狼

hazy: adj. 朦胧的;模糊的;有薄雾的

amateur: adj. 业余的, 非职业的

scepticism: n. 怀疑态度;怀疑论

grainy: adj. 粒状的;木纹状的;多粒的;有纹理的

purport: vt. 声称;意指;意图;打算

carnivorous: adj. (动物)食肉的

marsupial: n. 有袋目哺乳动物

apex:  n. 顶点;尖端

burrow: vt. & vi. 挖掘(洞穴); 挖洞

dens: n. 牙齿;齿状部分;兽窝,兽穴


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