I find this image rather sad.
It's a detail from a section of a preserved skin of a Tasmanian Tiger, also known as a Thylacine. This animal was (not tense) a marsupial, like a kangaroo, that looked a bit like a wolf with stripes. It went about on all fours and was last seen in the wild in the 1930s in Tasmania.
It was basically hunted to extinction because of its (alleged) predation on sheep. Such stories are both familiar and saddening.
What is even more saddening is that the 1930s seem so recent, and yet we still lost this animal. Who knows, perhaps it lingered on for a few more years, and maybe that last thylacine was still out there when I was born. Maybe.
Some people believe they are still out there, in the wilds of Tasmania, scarce, secret and private.
Do I think they are still there? No.
But a little hope never does any harm.
You can find more macro shots at Macro Monday 2 and I Heart Macro.