THYLACINE SIGHTINGS 1953 - 1990

Sighting #5

Date: November 1980

Viewer: Female, married with two children. At the time she held an important job in Launceston with the Government. At the time of the interview was about 35 years old. She has lived on a farm and in the bush all her life.

Circumstances: The sighting took place in Underwood and was within one kilometre of Sightings # 1, 2, and 7. The date was also close to sightings # 1, 2 and 7.

Narrative:

    I got up early that morning as I usually do. It must have been about five o'clock. It was summer and clear. I went onto the landing and looked towards the chicken house. We have since torn it down and built a new one. Q: How far was it from the house? (She said she had difficulty in stating distances but would show us. After the interview she showed us where the shed had been and where she had been standing when she viewed the animal. The distance was 8 - 10 metres.) I sensed there was something around. Something different. You know what I mean? I felt something was looking at me. I looked up and, there, on top of the chicken coop was this animal. It stared at me and I stared at it. It was really quite beautiful. Sort of golden. It had a big head and stripes across the base of its rump. It didn't last long, maybe 5 seconds. We just sort of stared at each other. I retreated a couple of steps to try to get the attention of my husband who was still inside. I stayed within sight of the animal and called softly, but my husband didn't hear. So I called and beckoned and in the meantime the animal disappeared so I went inside to tell him. (At this point her husband interjected to say she was grey and shaking when she came into the house.)

RATING:

Sighting #5

category (Smith) points allocated category (Smith) points allocated category (Smith) points allocated
1Aii 5 3Aiii 5 4Aii 2
1Biii 5 3Bii 3 4Biii 3
2Aiii 3 3Cii 5    
2Biii 2 3Dii 2    
2Cii 2 3Eiii 3    
2Di 0 3Fi 0    

Total Points:38/50

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