The remains of the last known Tasmanian tiger, thought lost for 85 years, have been found hidden in the closet of an Australian museum, the BBC news portal reports.
The last Tasmanian tiger died in captivity at Hobart Zoo in 1936. His body was donated to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, but the remains were lost there. For a long time it was thought they had been discarded.
Recently, museum officials discovered that the remains had been in the museum all along, but had not been catalogued properly. The staff first discovered an unpublished taxidermist's report, prompting a review of the museum's collections. The missing specimen was found in a closet in the museum's education department.
The Tasmanian tiger exhibit is now on display in the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
Tasmanian tigers are among the largest marsupial animals of prey. The animal formerly lived on the island of Tasmania as well as on the Australian mainland. The numbers of this species have declined, probably as a result of competition with dingoes and hunting by humans. The last representative of the species died in a zoo.