THYLACINE SIGHTINGS 1953 - 1990

Sighting #3

Date: c1970

Note: a double sighting

Viewer: This person, male, was 53 years old when he sighted the tiger. He is a bushman who has lived in the bush all his life. He has basically been a timber getter and at the time. He is now retired, but still cuts firewood for a hobby and to supplement his income.

Circumstances: The sighting occurred between Scottsdale and Golconda. Three other people were present:

  1. the viewer's father (deceased) who claimed he had seen Tigers in years past and was well acquainted with them.
  2. the viewer's brother, a timber getter and trapper of long standing who also claims to be well acquainted with the Tiger and its habitat.
  3. a friend

Narrative:

    We were working out in the bush, about 1970, I think. It was when we were getting poles for the Hydro. We had knocked a whole lot of them down and were pulling them out. One of the trees still had its head on. The area had been burnt over some short time before, so there was almost no underbrush. Well, we went over to pull the head off the tree which was laying on the ground, when a Tiger, as slow as you please, just sort of loped, I guess, from under the limbs of the tree. He wasn't in any hurry. But, then, they aren't very fast, anyhow. Two things stood out in my mind when I saw him saunter across the burnt over area. Q. How far did you see him? For about 300 yards we just stood there and watched him, me, my brother, and the two others. The two things I remember so well are those stripes on the back and their whippy tail which comes to a point. When they walk the tail is held straight back. Well, we just stood there and watched him till he disappeared in the bush and then went back to work. There was no doubt in any of our minds that what we saw was a Tiger. My Dad and Old Charlie knew that, too. They had seen many and told us stories about them, like how they can't turn around like a dog because of their back. They are stiff and have to turn around in a circle.

RATING:

Sighting #3

category (Smith) points allocated category (Smith) points allocated category (Smith) points allocated
1Aiii 5 3Aiii 5 4Aiii 2
1Biii 5 3Biii 5 4Biii 3
2Aiv 3 3Cii 5    
2Biv 3 3Dii 2    
2Cii 2 3Eii 3    
2Dii 2 3Fii 5    

Total Points: 50/50

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