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Mar 2016
And the very last, the endling,
Caged in the sunlight at Beaumaris Zoo,
Tired of the poking and the prodding
Paced out of existence into history,
Into emblem and icon
Legend and label,
On to things protected by copyright,
Footage and fable,
And the internet's electric jungle,
And into that great white emptiness
Of extinction,
That giant ship which we are building,
Stacking and storing,
Fitting and filling,
Recording into the grand voyage
Of oblivion.
The last known Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus) died, reportedly due to neglect, in Beaumaris Zoo, Hobart, Australia, in September 1936.
Written by
Bill Higham
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