After staggering footage of the alleged Tassie tiger emerged this week, Australians have again begun speculating its existence in far North Queensland.
Australians have been searching for the Tasmanian tiger ever since its “extinction.” And although there is little to no evidence that suggests its existence, there is now a legitimate investigation into its possible whereabouts.
Researchers from James Cook University have set up camera traps in far North Queensland to get a glimpse of the infamous Tassie tiger. Sightings have been sporadic and erratic, but curiously most have been focused around the North Queensland area. Sandra Abell, the leader of the thylacine hunt, is sceptical but explains:
My motto is, if they're there, we'll find them. I'm probably the biggest sceptic amongst everyone, but of course, I want it to be true. There's all sorts of weird and wonderful baits you can use ... weird things like badger odour.
And now it appears that teacher Paul Day has spotted the tiger around the Yorke Peninsula area. The footage captures an animal almost hopping across the horizon. Day believed the animal to be a dog or fox but after further examination and analysis of the animal’s distinct ‘hop’, Day concluded that it had an uncanny resemblance to a Tasmanian tiger.
The Tasmanian tiger was not originally exclusive to Tasmania but was found widespread over mainland Australia, due to hunting and our Australian (or not so Australian read more here) dog the dingo wiping them out. Because there are no dingoes in Tasmania, the tiger avoided extinction on the island until the last recorded Tassie tiger died in 1938.
Neil Waters, the founder of the Thylacine Awareness Group is hopeful, explaining that the animal’s gait is one of it’s more distinctive traits:
This animal has a tail with a thick base, just like a thylacine, and there appears to be some discolouration on its back. Then it has this gait that is so peculiar, but it’s just like people have described the thylacine movement.
Similar footage was brought to the public’s attention in 2009. But unfortunately, for now, there appears to be no definitive proof that the tiger still exists.
Header and video: Youtube, Paul Day