Wednesday, 18 June 2014

The Last Tiger (1933)

The last known Tasmanian tiger died in Beumaris Zoo, Hobart on September 7, 1936. The tiger has since come to be known as 'Benjamin' but some doubt remains as to whether zoo keepers actually used this name. The name Benjamin originates from Frank Darby - who claimed to have been the animal's keeper at the zoo - however the zoo owners asserted never to have heard of him. Some uncertainty also remains over the tiger's sex and origins. The most prominent claim is that a female tiger and three pups were trapped by Walter 'Jack' Mullins in the Florentine Valley in June, 1932, and sold on to the zoo. 'Benjamin' would have been one of these three pups.