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Benjamin (Thylacine)
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Animal
    (circa 1924-September 7, 1936)
    Born in Australia
    Last known Thylacine in existence (commonly referred to as the Tasmanian Tiger)
    Captured as a cub, then sold in 1933 to the Hobart Zoo in Tasmania
    Died of neglect at the approximate age of 12
    Tasmanian Tiger declared an endangered species in 1936, then officially became extinct in 1986
    Though suspected a male its sex has never officially been recorded.
    Farmers and bounty hunters were allowed to shoot the animals up until 1930 when the species was already severely endangered.
    Benjamin may have lived longer but was not given adequate housing, just a cage where he continually paced and was exposed to the elements.
    Official protection of the species by the government was approved July 10, 1936, just 59 days before Benjamin died (too little, too late).
    Benjamin was the last Tasmanian Tiger filmed, both stills and motion pictures.
    Life expectancy of Tasmanian Tigers in captivity is 10 years, so he lived a long life despite neglect.
    The irresponsible caretakers of Benjamin were too dim to realize they were responsible for the hastened death of a species.
    Some believe a few Thylacines exist and have kept their spirit alive trying to locate and film them, including the late Croc Hunter.

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