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Two new video clips show alleged thylacines

By T.K. Randall
December 3, 2016 · Comment icon 55 comments

The footage can be viewed below. Image Credit: YouTube / Thylacine Awareness Group of Australia
The Thylacine Awareness Group of Australia has released two new clips recorded using a trail camera.
The group, which believes that the thylacine ( or Tasmianian tiger ) continues to survive to this day despite being officially declared extinct in the 1980s, has released several videos over the last few months showing what some people believe to be evidence that the species is alive and well.

This latest footage, which contains two separate clips, was recorded on a trail camera near Busselton, Western Australia back in 2013.

The video shows a fox-like animal trotting along past the camera in two different directions.
The group's founder, Neil Waters, claims that he himself witnessed a thylacine on two separate occasions outside his home in Tasmania as recently as 2010 and 2014.

While he admits that the footage is inconclusive, it does add to the growing body of evidence suggesting that the Tasmanian Tiger may continue to roam the wilds of Australia.

Until a tangible, physical specimen is found however it will be impossible to know for sure.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (55)

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Comment icon #46 Posted by Mr.United_Nations 8 years ago
But you dont go parading around its a a cryptid when you know its a racoon.
Comment icon #47 Posted by Eye of Giza 8 years ago
This is the funniest video Ive seen. As a Tasmanian living in Western Australia to me it looks like a fox. looking at the tail it looks bushy. I dont think we have any wild racoons here in australia. Im sure the Tasmania Tiger might be out there in Tasmanias wilderness or somewhere and in Victoria but thats about it.
Comment icon #48 Posted by coolguy 8 years ago
Thats a cool raccoon
Comment icon #49 Posted by DieChecker 8 years ago
I have a trail cam that unfortunately I don't know how to set very good, and it often gets just the butt end of passing deer and such. Often takes a good pic of the second deer in line however. 
Comment icon #50 Posted by DieChecker 8 years ago
I'd tend to agree that these videos are too blurry to conclusively say what they animals shown are. Could easily be a fox, or injured dog.
Comment icon #51 Posted by oldrover 8 years ago
They're definitely clear enough to rule out a thylacine though. The first one (left) is obviously a dog, probably an Alsatian or Alsatian cross. You can see the tail clearly. The second is unmistakably a fox, you can even see the white tip to the end of its tail.  They're poor quality and fleeting, a bit like every photo I've ever taken, even of inanimate objects, but they're clear enough to definitely identify both subjects as canids. 
Comment icon #52 Posted by DieChecker 8 years ago
That's all true, but do you really think those identifications are conclusive? They are very good guesses, but still guesses. 
Comment icon #53 Posted by oldrover 8 years ago
  I always think I'm going to keep this short but... These aren't guesses I'm afraid. In terms of neither being a thylacine I'm a 100%, I really would stake my life on it. Although that's probably me being a bit dramatic, but seriously I'm that sure. There are really clear cues in both those animals that they're both canids and as I say, are 100% not tigers. Here's why. First thing to do is recall what a tiger really looked like, and why Waters & co claim their animals don't fit this deion, by  addressing the claims they've made about there being a mainland sub-species. Firstly, and... [More]
Comment icon #54 Posted by DieChecker 8 years ago
After all that I think you misunderstood me. I'm agreeing they are not thylacines. I meant to question how sure your identification of the two creatures as an Alsatian and a fox. Like you just said, "realistically the video isn't clear enough to tell", and "but not with enough clarity to go on about it".
Comment icon #55 Posted by oldrover 8 years ago
I see, sorry. Well the first one for the reasons above. The second is because it is obviously a fox. I can't see any ambiguity there at all.  It's the fox shaped head body and tail supported by four fox shaped legs that's the clincher for me really.

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