RIP Thylacine

by Paul Watkins

A century ago you’d have bet a fiver

That Thylacinus cynocephalus was a great survivor

From Pliocene to the modern age

He’d done quite well outside a cage

The Tasmanian tiger was a wonderful creature

Famed as a dev’lish Antipodean feature

Unthreatened by a species failure

He graced Tasmania, New Guinea and Australia

He even made it to Washington Zoo

Where there’s a photo of him in 1902

But now alas Tassie Tiger has gone

From a number of thousands to a number of none

Dog invaders, disease and hunting for cash

have ensured his extinction in less than a flash

In the history of man there can be nothing zanier

Than the end of that devil, the Tiger of Tasmania

Published in: on July 28, 2010 at 10:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

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