What do you think of this thylacine sighting? May 23, 2013 7:00:23 GMT 10
Post by arca on May 23, 2013 7:00:23 GMT 10
A lot of interesting sightings listed on this page, but this one stuck out to me as being both recent and fairly detailed:
60. 30th December 2008, 6:15 am, 5-37 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay, NSW.
Kim Falconer wrote “I heard a loud sound like a cross between a guttural possum noise and a large dog retching. I ran outside to find my cat facing off with a dog-like creature 4 times its size. I’ve been a vet nurse for 20 years. It was not a dog.
It was about 18 kg, fawn coloured short dense fur. It smelled of musk, like a mild skunk or possum odour. I was 2-3 metres from it for several minutes. The animal’s face was like a dingo/dog/wolf but with rounder ears. There was white around the muzzle and black around the ears.
The body language of this animal was not canine. I kept trying to place it—fox-like face but too large and wrong body shape. It was long in the flank, like a horse. No sex identifiers noticed.
The eyes were very keen, watching in a way domestic dogs do not. The hocks were pronounced and low—it rocked back on them when it loped away. The coat was like a newly sheared sheep in look–a short, uniform length, fawn to light brown, and very dense, not laying flat like a dog or cat or even horse coat. No stripes but a hint of black on legs and ears, white muzzle, like you might see on an elderly dog, black nose. She was in good condition, no ribs showing. The impression was healthy-lean. Her neck was long–the entire body lithe.
It had the strangest tail–very long, like a broom pole. It didn’t taper, or wag. It walked, trotted and loped. It was not afraid of me but backed away whenever I approached closer than 2-3 m.
The tail was the least dog-like feature. It had short fur, very stiff, thick at the base (a long broom handle) and it didn’t act like a dog’s tail. She had a springy-rocking horse gait, moving quickly then holding very still, lifting her head. She didn’t take her eyes off of me. She seemed extremely curious-cautious. Again–no familiar dog body language. It was the vocalization that really threw me. It was not a dog sound she made–nothing like it. More like a retching possum and it was surprisingly loud.
It was an extraordinary experience, being so close to this animal. There’s no doubt in my mind it was a Thylacine, one without stripes (Tassie tigers were reported without stripes in the 1900′s) Apparently they have up to a 40km range which they trek each month.
It was on the outskirts of the Arakwal National Park, the western edge, inland of the creek. She loped away, heading west towards the golf course. I looked for prints. I found fresh faeces that may be it’s (it was not obviously male) and have frozen a sample. I have rung and reported this to my local veterinarian.