THYLACINE - The Case in Defence

Chapter 4

PEOPLE USUALLY DON’T LIE

Since the death of the last Tassie Tiger in the Hobart zoo, there have been sporadic reported sightings. Some of these hit the newspapers, many do not. There have been many more sightings which remain unknown. This is because of the ridicule afforded to people who make the claim.

This ridicule comes from Government and the general public.

    "For the sake of the animal, keep it quiet and don’t tell anyone."

Of course, the report died!

    "Shut up about it or you’ll lose your farm"... "The only photo of the animal we’ll accept is with the morning newspaper in its mouth."

How possible is that?

What proof is acceptable? Not paw prints. A cast of very unusual prints presented to officials was cursorily dismissed as "dog".

Unusually large carnivore droppings presented to officials were dropped into a drawer - unrecorded and unlabelled!

How scientific is that?

Sightings dismissed as ‘not proof enough’... no matter how many, by whom, or how often.

How unprejudiced is that?

What are the chances of having a camera in hand when catching an unexpected glimpse of a very rare and elusive, supposedly ‘extinct’ animal? And how could that public official be so absolutely certain that the last thylacine in the Hobart zoo was the last animal in a rugged, heavily forested, sparsely populated island of approximately 65,000 square kilometres?

Public ridicule is a strong deterrent!!

When a good friend says, "Oh, you must have been drunk" a powerful statement of dismissal has just been made. Outright accusations of being a bit ‘loony’, seeking attention, or ‘seeing things' are powerful put-downs.

SO, WHAT IS THE REAL STORY?

READ ON FOR THE TALES...

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