THYLACINE - The Case in Defence

Chapter 1

The Animal

The Story of Tasmania’s Thylacinus Cynocephalus (Thylacine)

      Otherwise Known as:

        Tasmanian Wolf
        Tasmanian Wolf Dog
        Tasmanian Tiger
        Hyena
        Popularly Called the "Tassie Tiger"

Described in the Encyclopedia Britannica as:

    ‘a slender fox-faced animal... measuring 100 to 130 cm (40 to 50 inches) long, including its 50- to 65-cm (20- to 26-inch) tail. Yellowish brown, with about 16 to 18 dark bars on the back and rump. It hunted at night for wallabies and birds. In a shallow pouch, opening rearward, the female carried two to four young at a time.’

The mystery of the Tasmanian Tiger began when the first white men to hoist the British flag on Tasmanian soil (then called ‘Van Diemen’s Land’) saw their first Tiger:

    a body something like a dog’s
    a head something like a wolf’s
    stripes something like a tiger’s
    a tail something like a kangaroo’s
    a pouch something like a wallaby’s
    a barking call something like a hyena’s
    jaws that opened like a clamp

THE MYSTERY OF THE TASMANIAN TIGER CONTINUES TO THIS DAY

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