THYLACINE SIGHTINGS 1953 - 1990

Sightings #9 and #10

Date: 1989

Note: Sightings #9 and #10 have been combined because of their almost exact similarity, yet they are an important double sighting. Both viewers (husband and wife) recall the same features even though they saw only the rear part of the animal. The location of this double sighting is almost identical to that of #8 on the Ferny Hill Road out of Golconda. The dates of sightings #8, #9 and #10 are also close.

Viewers: The female has lived in Tasmania since 1983. Her husband, a man of lifelong bush experience on the mainland, moved to Tasmania in 1989. He has become well acquainted with the local bush and has a good knowledge of native animals. The couple is currently building a home in the bush near Lilydale. The husband is an employed brick layer and the wife is a home-maker. Both are about 25 years old.

Narrative:

    I (the husband) have lived in the bush or near to it all my life except for a short time in Sydney. We saw this animal about the 30th January last year (1989). We were driving home to Lilydale from Bridport on the Ferny Hill Road. It was about dusk - you know, about that time just before you turn your lights on. Things were getting dark but the sky was sort of bright. The road was clear. Q. Was it dusty? A. (from both) No. I came up and around a bend and turned down a small hill. The road was bad so I slowed down to about 45. The sides of the road were grassy, about two feet high. Coming around the corner, we caught sight of the rear half of an animal. I (the man) could guage from the rear half that it was long for its height. We noticed (we talked about this later) that the animal had a curve of its spine that was unusual. I know bush animals and this was no dog or anything I had ever seen. (At this point the lady interjected, 'Yes, that's right. What I thought it was at first was a goat, but as soon as I thought it was a goat I knew it wasn't. It was real different.) The curve of the spine was humped over to the back and centre, a funny sort of curve. Then it moved slowly in a lope or sort of rolling walk and disappeared. The animal seemed serene, and when we were driving home and talking about it we said that if they (the Thylacine) were serene like we saw, no wonder they got killed.

RATING:

Sighting #9 (the woman)

category (Smith) points allocated category (Smith) points allocated category (Smith) points allocated
1Aii 3 3Aii 3 4Aii 2
1Biii 5 3Bii 4 4Biii 3
2Aiv 3 3Ci 0    
2Bii 1 3Di 0    
2Cii 2 3Ei 0    
2Dii 2 3Fi 0    

Total Points: 28/50

Sighting #10 (the man)

category (Smith) points allocated category (Smith) points allocated category (Smith) points allocated
1Aii 3 3Aii 3 4Aii 2
1Biii 5 3Bii-iii 4 4Biii 3
2Aiv 3 3Ci 0    
2Bii 1 3Di 0    
2Cii 2 3Ei 0    
2Dii 2 3Fi 0    

Total Points: 28/50

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