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Thylacine sighted in Australian coastal town

March 29, 2016 | Comment icon 21 comments



The last known thylacine died at Beaumaris Zoo in 1936. Image Credit: Benjamin A. Sheppard
Being extinct hasn't stopped the elusive Tasmanian tiger from making an appearance every once in a while.
One of the best known examples of a species driven to extinction by human hunting, these striped carnivorous marsupials have been the subject of numerous unconfirmed sightings over the years.

The most recent, which took place in the town of Inverloch, was reported by local resident Barrie Murphy who spotted a strange creature while out driving earlier this month.

"At about 10.30pm, I was driving along Ullathorne Road when it crossed the road in front of me," he said. "First of all, I thought it was a fox or a cat, but as it moved off the bitumen on to the green verge, I realised it was dog sized, about the same as an Alsatian."
"It was the long, straight tail, which could have been a metre long. It was straight out, white and strong looking. The thing that really made me twig was, as I drove past it, I saw the stripes down its side and onto its flank."

His sighting is far from unique as there have been at least two other reports of alleged thylacines in the Inverloch area in recent months including one at a caravan park back in December.

"I thought I would report it so other people can keep a lookout," said Murphy.

Source: Thestar.com.au | Comments (21)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #12 Posted by bawdo 6 years ago
The very fact he didn't capture it on camera in this day and age, refutes it entirely
Comment icon #13 Posted by Habitat 6 years ago
The very fact he didn't capture it on camera in this day and age, refutes it entirely Hardly, but without it, it is nothing more than talk.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Gecks 6 years ago
If they found one they could just clone the bloody thing nowadays
Comment icon #15 Posted by Myles 6 years ago
The very fact he didn't capture it on camera in this day and age, refutes it entirely Not at all. He was driving. I see cool things while driving all the time. I never have my camera ready though. Now if he said it was in his back yard for a bit, a pic should have been taken. I still hold out some hope of this animal still being around. Very little hope because history shows us that it wasn't very shy.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Sundew 6 years ago
Well I hope it lives. Even though I'm not an Aussie, I've always felt badly for this animal, driving to extinction and then allowing the last one in a zoo to die of exposure. A real testament to man's poor treatment of nature.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Atuke 6 years ago
This doesn't surprise me, although the location does. Maybe these are the descendants of the few dozen Thylacine that Neo-conservationists secured decades ago before the last died in a zoo.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Podo 6 years ago
A tiger sighting on Tasmania is improbable, but possible. But on the Australian mainland where they went extinct over two thousand years ago? That's just wishful thinking.
Comment icon #19 Posted by BeastieRunner 6 years ago
This doesn't surprise me, although the location does. Maybe these are the descendants of the few dozen Thylacine that Neo-conservationists secured decades ago before the last died in a zoo. That is highly unlikely but I like the sentiment.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Chibadiba 6 years ago
If they found one they could just clone the bloody thing nowadays We already have it's DNA. It's just down to how to repopulate them. Clone them or artificially inseminating a close relative and have a hybrid.
Comment icon #21 Posted by DieChecker 6 years ago
There have been a number of such sightings. I do hope it is not just a dingo that's bred with some brindle coat dog....


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