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THE THYLACINE IN CAPTIVITY:
- THE HISTORICAL THYLACINE FILMS -
(film 2)
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This is the oldest of the four thylacine films taken at the Beaumaris Zoo at the Queen's Domain site.  The quality of the first few seconds of the film is poor, but improves as the film progresses.  Made at the beginning of 1928, it commences with a scene of a hat being waved by the zoo's curator, Arthur Reid, to prompt the thylacines into action for the camera.  It proceeds to show a keeper in the enclosure with three thylacines, wielding a broom, presumably to ward off any untoward advances by the animals.  It is the only film in existence that shows a group of thylacines interacting.  The empty pouch of the adult female can clearly be seen as she enters the night pen.  This female arrived at the zoo in January 1928 with two semi-independent young.  Shortly after this film was made, the mother and her pups died from an unspecified disease.  The two juveniles shown in the film are not related to the adult female.  One of the juveniles bears the scar of its capture, in the form of an amputated forefoot (photo 1), (photo 2), (photo 3).  The sequence concludes with the animals being ushered into their night pen.
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