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Inferiority by CherubFeet Inferiority by CherubFeet
Based on a common opinion people have on the thylacine/Tasmanian Tiger. In my opinion, predators shouldn't be labeled as negative things because they get compared to creatures in a completely different ecosystem who happen to be tougher/more inteligant. It's true that this animal will probably lose a battle with, say a wolf. But if people use the fact that they are weaker than wolves to explain their extinction, that would be invalid. Many species of wolves have been hunted to extinction by man, but we never have the nerve to call extinct wolf species "inferior". Also, The tasmanian tiger had the most develloped brain compared to all the other (native!) species in it's ecosystem. If we never chose to hunt them to extinction, they'd probably still be around today.
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caspion161 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
true the thylacines (i mean the whole goup) survived from the oligocene to the holocene thats something few ther creatues ever done and they are pretty smart if you look at the skull 
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Chibis-World Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"Based on a common opinion people have on the thylacine/Tasmanian Tiger." Because people don't know how to own up to their own ignorance and wrongfully accuse a predator of something they did not do. There was never proof that these creatures even attacked their livestock and even if they did, they should have secured their livestock better rather than mindlessly hunt these poor guys to utter extinction. If I recall reading somewhere, it is illegal to sell or trade thylacine skin in America.

If a species of animal, any kind, were to die out due to natural causes, that's part of evolution. The species cannot adapt to changes any longer and thus leave room for a new species to appear and take their place. But to prematurely go extinct, they are not inferior. The creatures responsible, meaning the humans, who hunted them to extinction with no true purpose behind it are the inferior ones. Especially if it is because of their farming animals, that of which could have been easily prevented.

The thylacine died out, naturally, in Australia due to changes they could not adapt to, but their brothers and sisters in Tasmania remained, thriving. They would have died out on their own like the ones in Australia if Europeans hadn't interfered. The thylacine didn't appear as if a pack hunter, which meant it would have hunted smaller prey. Things like kangaroos, they would not have been able to take on one on their own without being severely injured. Livestock such as sheep and pig, even chickens, would have been easy prey, but there was also the factor that these animals were exposed to a new land and not meant for that environment. Plus there are/were other predators out there that would have taken on the live stock in a more brave action than the thylacine.

Animals are awesome and it is truly cruel to just kill a species because it ate my breakfast or my salad. They are only doing what is natural to them...which is why I don't get AS mad at my dogs for eating out of the garbage or trying to eat my food. (Trying to get them used to a certain diet, meaning bowls not filled twice or three times a day, so to avoid getting overweight.)

And now, I sit here, for an hour, debating to submit this comment or not, wondering if this is too long or a bit scattered. :/ Oh well.
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CherubFeet Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're preaching to the choir! I agree completely with what you're saying.

It is ridiculous when people kill a mass amount of animals for petty reasons like what we did to the tiger -_-. Humans are sometimes lazy animals who refuse to take our own responsibilities, so we find other things to blame.

In a documentary I seen, It said that scientists didn't make any moves to have this species saved because they thought it was too weak and unintelligent and would die on it's own anyway. They made this assumption because marsupials aren't as developed as placentals (they spend much less time in the womb). 

It's really sad because if scientists weren't so ignorant with their decisions, we could have saved this animal. We all blew it while we had the opportunity. What i'd give to see a thylacine in person! 

I could linger on about the past, but nothing can be changed, sadly. The best thing that could be done is to learn from this terrible moment in history and make sure it doesn't happen again.

This lesson doesn't even need to apply to only animals, but just about any moment of injustice, really.
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Chibis-World Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Would I be considered cruel and stupid to think that the human race shouldn't have existed in the first place?


We do need to learn from our past mistakes and help prevent it in the future as much as possible. We have the technology to help, but we're too ignorant to try and use it to help. I, actually, made a video that, at the end of it, I stated we need to teach our children the importance of our wildlife and help preserve it. I'm not going to go all PETA on these people, but still. Where I live, it wasn't until recently when we have tried to get the red wolves in my area back into the wild. But their population is still unknown. The deer population here is at a critical high and need their natural enemy to keep them in check. :/

While I agree with the last part, I think it more applies to the wildlife than anything else.
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CherubFeet Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My opinion on the existence of the human race is neutral, (we may have done terrible things, but we have also done good things too, so I don't really want to take sides) but I certainly cannot stand the ones who couldn't care less about the environment.

We have certainly made mother nature very sick, but wishing humans away will not work. The best thing we could do now is to educate others about why a healthy planet is absolutely necessary and about how we can keep it healthy and in balance! 
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Chibis-World Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The day the ignorant will listen is the day when it is too late and suffer far worse consequences for our actions than we would now. People just genuinely don't care because we are "technologically" advanced. It sickens me to know that these kinds of people actually believe they are of higher intelligence than the other animals just because we got a bunch of fancy toys.
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CherubFeet Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You make a good point, but educating others and proceeding with those who DO care is a much more effective method than sitting and complaining about those who don't.
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Chibis-World Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know. I don't always sit on my butt all day in front of a computer just to be a keyboard warrior for the wildlife. :D
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CherubFeet Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, that's good. I hope I wasn't being too blunt.
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Ask-female-TallStar Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Thylacines were beautiful animals and people report seeing these animals every day in the outback and I don't believe it so yea.
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CherubFeet Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As sad as it may be, we may eventually have to accept that they're gone.
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indagold Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
They were beautiful creatures. Maybe one day with advances in genetics they can bring back the species.
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CherubFeet Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If they do manage to clone them, I hope that they are healthy and able to reproduce.
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SaveATiger189 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE YOUR PROFILE PICTURE! THAT IS ABSOLUTLY HILARIOUS!
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nhprodigio Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is true for most species, it's not because they were weak but because they couldn't protect themselves from humans :/

and actually, I don't see any reason why it would lose to a wolf... it'd probably lose to a pack of wolves yes but just against one I think the Tasmanian tiger could hold it's own. I mean just last week I saw a video on youtube of three goats chasing a wolf off of some ranch land XD And Tasmanian tigers were a lot tougher than goats right!?!?
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CherubFeet Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe a thylacine could defeat a small wolf, but there's no way of knowing for sure, as they are probably extinct. In records, dogs have shown fear towards the thylacine and often ran away, so maybe wolves would be the same way (only if it wasn't in a pack though).
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Kyonovus Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well written! :clap:
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sheepysleep Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Who ever you are I don't understand how you could even think this.
They were just poor animals who were forced to face poachers, sickness, and eventually death.

I guess I'm just trying to say that no animal should suffer this way, and I really am truly sorry our opinions are so different.
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CherubFeet Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
did you read the description? these are actually my favorite animals.
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sheepysleep Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Then why would you make something so terrible?
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CherubFeet Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am making it as if the thylacine is being bullied and called names for an emotional affect.
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sheepysleep Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh, I'm sorry... but it just made me really angry.
Again, my apologies.

*This is NOT to be taken sarcastically.*
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wolframradii Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I fully understand you. I'm regretting these animals..
I like, however the idea and how you drew it. Looks so emotional
And I like your icon. I think it's unique animation.
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CherubFeet Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why, thank you.
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Crystal-Dragon1 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
that's stupid how people say that. they went extinct because the European settlers put a bounty on their heads, every time you killed one, you got something like...3 or 4 pounds (apparently that was a lot back then) i think and farmers who saw them all the time just shot them at first sight. they may not be as big and tough as a wolf, but until we interfered, they didn't need to be tough, just enough to take down prey. i agree with you, people should stop labeling them negativity.
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CherubFeet Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly. And the main reason why they weren't a protected species for a long time (to be exact, they were only protected 3 months before the "last" one died), is because the scientists back then beleived that extinction was inevitable for this animal because they were thought to be extremely weak and uninteligant (and they came up with this beleif by comparing them to placental mammals of completely different ecosystems). In this case, shallow scientists who thought this way had a huge part in the demise of the thylacine. Til this day, people still beleive in that sillyness. Besides, we cannot accurately measure the strength of this species when there are no known living specimens.
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Crystal-Dragon1 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
oh realy? i didn't know that.
yeah, you can't compare animals from diferant ecosystems and expect a valid result. from what i understand, they were smart compared to the marsupials they hunted.
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CherubFeet Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. Predators need to be smarter than their prey (most of them at least). The thylacine, being on the top of the food chain was the most developed land animal in Tasmania. Of course, I am only talking about the native species.
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Crystal-Dragon1 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
of cource. if other animals weren't introduced, they would have been fine (and if humans didn't hut them too)
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foxen1985 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student General Artist
This is beautiful.. but I don't think they are dead.. just way too smart to let humans find and catch them.. there are still unsxplored ares of Aussie and Tas. and probibally quite a few Thylacines with plenty of places to hide... people have seen them and dont take their picture because they need to remain a secret so they don't go completely extinct.
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moucoy Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's nealy impossible for humans to avoid seeing them. They're gone.
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CherubFeet Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really don't have on opinion on weather or not they are alive. But I certainly don't doubt they are still out there.
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hynec Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh that is stupid ! How somebody could say the thylacines are extinct, because they are weaker than wolf ? As I know everything is weaker that human. With a gun, indeed.
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CherubFeet Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was using "wolf vs thylacine" as an example. Other examples include how people label this animal as "a loser" or "unfit for survival" becasue they are extinct, weaker than most other predators, and have rather small brains (but still the largest brain of all marsupials). If we wanted, we could exterminate all the pandas, tigers, and ect. to extinction as well. In that case, all of those animals would be "unfit for survival". Also, there will be a time when us humans will go extinct. Nothing lives forever.
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hynec Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As I know, marsupial brains are lacking of some part of brain, which have nothing with omg smarthenss, so that is why their brains are smaller.
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CherubFeet Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It might be a part of the brain that has to do with social skills, because marsupials are not very social creatures.
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hynec Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
indeed. Their hemispheres are not so connected to each other. But there was many of non-marsupials what had lack of intelligence, especially the very large prehistoric mammals. Ans nowadays mammals are solitary and not social still, like a cats and so ...
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