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Richard W 28 March 2017 12:53 PM

'Sightings' of extinct Tasmanian tiger prompt search in Queensland


“Plausible” possible sightings of a Tasmanian tiger in north Queensland have prompted scientists to undertake a search for the species thought to have died out more than 80 years ago.

The last thylacine is thought to have died in Hobart zoo in 1936, and it is widely believed to have become extinct on mainland Australia at least 2,000 years ago.

But sightings of large, dog-like animals that are neither dingos nor foxes have persisted over the decades, despite widespread scepticism.

Recent eyewitness accounts of potential thylacines in far north Queensland have spurred scientists from James Cook University to launch a search for the animal long considered extinct.
The witnesses sound a lot more plausible than your average bigfoot hunter... in fact when I looked around a bit more, I was surprised how much relatively clear footage there is of unidentified dog-like animals that could plausibly be thylacines, even in mainland Australia. (OK, "relatively clear" compared to the usual stuff you get from bigfoot hunters - they still tend to be grainy and shot at a distance, but then it's a lot harder to get good wildlife video than a lot of people seem to think).

For example, Film of a Possible Thylacine - South Australia, 1973 and THYLACINE SIGHTING - WESTERN VICTORIA 2008. The animal in the second video seems to have an injured front right paw that's affecting its gait, but it's still moving unusually even given that, and the woman who filmed it says she's seen several of them in the same area, and again gives plausible descriptions.

I know it's still unlikely for all the usual reasons, but it would be fantastic if it turns out to be true...

thorny locust 28 March 2017 01:26 PM

I do hope it's true. And it does seem worth properly looking into.

Plus which, there's this (from the article):


Abell said even if a thylacine was not detected, the survey would inform the centre’s understanding of the status of rare and endangered mammal species on the peninsula.

[ . . . ]
“It is a low possibility that we’ll find thylacines, but we’ll certainly get lots of data on the predators in the area and that will help our studies in general.”

DawnStorm 29 March 2017 12:54 PM


Originally Posted by Richard W (Post 1945528)

The witnesses sound a lot more plausible than your average bigfoot hunter... ..

That's a pretty low bar...

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